NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, February 18, 2016, 2:45 PM
Two British girls brutally murdered a 39-year-old woman and posted chilling pictures on Snapchat before asking cops to drive them home, prosecutors charge.
The girls, aged 13 and 14 at the time, “were laughing and joking” and in “high spirits” in the police van on the trip home after inflicting at least 100 injuries on Angela Wrightson, a court heard, according to the Guardian.
The teens are accused of using a wooden stick, a TV set, a computer printer and a coffee table in their vicious assault on Wrightson as she begged for them to stop, the paper reported Wednesday.
The body of Wrightson was found half-naked on a sofa in her Hartlepool home in December of 2014. The girls, who are not being identified, are on trial in Leeds Crown Court. They deny killing Wrightson.
“It became clear that Angela Wrightson had been the victim of a sustained and brutal attack,” prosecutor Nicholas Campbell told the court, the Guardian reported. “There were well over 100 injuries. The evidence at the scene of the crime showed she had been assaulted in 12 different locations within that room.”
It became clear that Angela Wrightson had been the victim of a sustained and brutal attack.
The teens went to Wrightson’s house several times on the night of the murder, according to the Guardian. They left the house at approximately 11 p.m. and returned three hours later. They returned again at 2 a.m. and left again two hours later, according to the paper.
“By that time at the very least, Wrightson had been fatally injured and was probably dead,” Campbell reportedly told the court. “Indeed, there is evidence that they believed she may have already died before their return at 2 a.m. It is right that only the defendants know when the violence started and when it ended, but the prosecution case is that neither has given a true account of what happened.”
One of the suspects had posted a photo on Snapchat at approximately 9 p.m. of the “smiling defendants” with a battered Wrightson in the background.
“Wrightson is sitting facing the camera. She is alive, but she is not smiling, and her face is marked,” Campbell said, according to the Guardian. “The quality of the image is not the greatest, but it is clear enough to show that by nine o’clock there were marks on Wrightson’s face and that they are recent.”
Other selfies taken in the house did not show the victim, and the teens also made a chilling Facebook phone call: “Go on, (name of older girl). Smash her head in. Bray her. F—— kill her,” they can be heard saying, according to the Guardian.
Wrightson often bought alcohol and cigarettes for teens in a known “hotspot for underage drinking,” prosecutors told the court.
“She complained that she was being forced into it, but equally accepted that she stood to gain from the arrangement, by way of cigarettes or alcohol for herself,” Campbell said, according to the newspaper.
The teens later told their friends and caregivers they attacked Wrightson because she had threatened them with a knife. They said how they had “smashed the bits” over the woman, including a TV, according to the newspaper.
“Please don’t. Stop. I’m scared,” Wrightson begged, according to the paper.