Teenage girl guilty of double murder


Spalding murders: Girl, 15, guilty of double murder

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Elizabeth Edwards, 49, and her daughter Katie, 13, were found dead at Dawson Avenue in Spalding in April

A 15-year-old girl has been found guilty of murdering a mother and daughter.

The teenager, who cannot be named, was 14 when she and her boyfriend stabbed Elizabeth Edwards, 49, and her daughter, Katie, 13, as they slept at their home in Spalding, Lincolnshire.

The girl had denied murdering the two women but admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

A 15-year-old boy admitted murder at the start of the trial.

Both teenagers will be sentenced at a later date.

A jury of seven men and five women at Nottingham Crown Court took just two and a half hours to reach their verdicts.

During a six-day trial the court heard how the teenagers meticulously planned the murders before carrying them out.

The bodies of Mrs Edwards and her daughter were found on 15 April at their home in Spalding, Lincolnshire.

Mrs Edwards was stabbed by the boy eight times, twice – fatally in the throat, one blow injuring her jugular and the other almost completely severing her windpipe.