Manchester Evening News

‘Truly sorry’, say killer’s family

- By TODD FITZGERALD

THE family of Scarlett Jenkinson – the teenager jailed for life for the murder of Brianna Ghey alongside her schoolfrie­nd – say they are ‘truly sorry’.

Then just 15 years old, acting out a twisted fantasy with accomplice Eddie Ratcliffe, Jenkinson, Friday’s sentencing hearing was told, wanted to ‘make a real victim feel pain and fear’.

The actions of Brianna Ghey’s killers have shocked the nation. As the judge put it, her life was taken with ‘exceptiona­l brutality’.

Jenkinson’s family have now released a statement to the Warrington Guardian. It reads: “All of our thoughts are for Brianna and her family.

“The last 12 months have been beyond our worst nightmares as we have come to realise the brutal truth of Scarlett’s actions.

“We agree with the jury’s verdict, the judge’s sentence and the decision to name the culprits.

“Our lives are in turmoil, but our immediate focus is to make sure that we don’t do anything against the wishes of Brianna’s family.”

Jenkinson’s loved ones added: “We offer our sincere thanks to Esther Ghey for her incredible selflessne­ss and empathy towards our family. Her compassion is overwhelmi­ng and we are forever grateful.

“To all of Brianna’s family and friends, our community and everyone else that has been affected by this horror, we are truly sorry.”

The trial revealed a ‘kill list’ of other children, as well as ‘warped’ text message conversati­ons between the killers, in which they discussed murder and torture. They both blamed each other for Brianna’s murder.

At the sentencing hearing, the court heard ‘another kill list’ had since been found in the secure unit where Jenkinson is being held which referred to ‘a number of people who were caring for her’. It was also said Jenkinson had finally admitted her guilt. Prosecutor Deena Heer KC said: “She said she had snatched the knife from Eddie’s hand and stabbed Brianna repeatedly.

“She said that Eddie had thrown Brianna to the floor and stabbed her three or four times. Then he panicked and said he didn’t want to kill her so Scarlett carried on.”

She said that a psychiatri­st assessing Jenkinson previously said she had traits of ADHD or autism. “He now considers that this is unlikely,” Ms Heer added.

He said there is no evidence that she has post traumatic stress disorder, the court heard. Ms Heer said the psychiatri­st found she had a ‘form of antisocial personalit­y disorder, rather than a mental illness’.

The psychiatri­st said Jenkinson has ‘conduct dissocial disorder’, with ‘limited pro-social emotions’. Jenkinson knew what she was doing was not just wrong but ‘very wrong’, Ms Heer added.

Jenkinson, the court heard, told the author of a pre-sentence report she ‘liked having complete power over someone’, and ‘enjoyed the power she had over someone weaker like Brianna’.

She said she enjoyed thinking about the planning of murdering Brianna. “She was sometimes sexually excited by it,” Richard Littler KC, representi­ng Ratcliffe, said.

The psychiatri­st said that for two years prior to the murder, Jenkinson had immersed herself in ‘violence’, ‘torture’ and ‘murder’ and material about serial killers after watching documentar­ies and searching on the dark web.

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