Teenager accused of killing girl, 7, appears in court
A TEENAGER accused of murdering a seven-year-old girl earlier this week has appeared before a judge at crown court.
The 15-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared via video link at Leeds Crown Court in connection with the death of Katie Rough in York.
Katie was found with severe lacerations to her neck and chest on a playing field near her home on Monday and died later in hospital.
The teenager was arrested after Katie was found injured, and charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon – a knife.
The defendant, who appeared from a different room wearing a purple sweatshirt and black trousers, sat with a solicitor and did not speak during the five-minute hearing.
The solicitor confirmed her name when asked by the Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC.
There was no application for bail and she was remanded into youth detention accommodation.
She will appear before the same court for a pre-trial preparation hearing on February 16.
Members of Katie’s family attended the hearing.
Judge Collier and the barristers involved did not wear gowns and wigs due to the defendant’s young age.
Earlier in the week, people living in the cul-de-sac next to where Katie was injured said her mother, Alison Rough, fell to her knees in the street, crying and pleading for help when she arrived at the scene.
Tracey Ralph, headteacher at Westfield Primary School where Katie was a pupil, paid tribute to the “kind and thoughtful child”.
KATIE ROUGH: Suffered severe wounds at a playing field.