Manchester Evening News

Murderer’s red flag she was lying on arrest

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MURDERER Scarlett Jenkinson – jailed for life for the brutal, ‘sadistic’ murder of Brianna Ghey alongside accomplice Eddie Ratcliffe – gave away a major red flag she was lying in arrest footage, it has been claimed.

As the pair learned their fate, Cheshire Constabula­ry released footage of Ratcliffe and Jenkinson’s arrests and questionin­g. Chilling footage from the police station where Jenkinson was quizzed by detectives over the murder was made public.

As she was detained, she asked officers: “How come I am a suspect?” Tell-tale signs she was guilty were clear, body language expert Judi James has now claimed.

She said that while appearing confident while being questioned, her eye movement was a giveaway.

“Scarlett Jenkinson is more alert than Ratcliffe here and looking more communicat­ive,” Judi said. “Her lips are sucked in at the start of the clip to suggest reluctance and her posture is slumped but she engages with eye contact more than Ratcliffe and signals she is listening and taking part in a conversati­on, so a suggestion of her being more confident here.

“She uses nodding to suggest agreements and some of her nodding gestures appear to be aimed at gaining empathy or understand­ing from the interviewe­r. Her hands are under the desk and partly hidden, but she is clearly holding something that she appears to be playing with to suggest nervousnes­s or anxiety.”

Judi added: “Her thumbs seem to be working at whatever she is holding, which could be a self-comfort mimicry gesture if she is missing holding and using her phone.

“There is also a suggestion of a leg judder, which again would suggest nerves. She seems to look down to answer questions though, which is a cut-off gesture to hide the eyes. It can often be associated with lying but not in every case.”

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.”

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