A teenage girl and her boyfriend have today been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 20 years for the murder of a woman and her daughter in Lincolnshire.
The girl and boy, who were both aged 14 at the time of the killing, were convicted of the murders of Elizabeth and 13-year-old Katie Edwards in Spalding in April 2016.
The boy pleaded guilty while the girl was found guilty by a jury at Nottingham Crown Court following a trial last month (Oct 2016).
The two made a plan to kill their victims as a result of a disagreement with Elizabeth Edwards. Having discussed it together, the boy told the girl he wanted to kill them both. She agreed and the two began to formulate their plan, which resulted in Elizabeth and Katie being killed in their beds.
Karen Thompson, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor at CPS East Midlands, said:
“This is one of the most distressing and disturbing cases that I have ever encountered.
“The CPS has from the outset been confident that the appropriate charge for both defendants was one of murder. We were not willing to accept any lesser charge based on the defendants’ mental health difficulties, so the case was rightly taken to trial.
“The male defendant accepted his guilt on the first day of trial. The other defendant maintained her not guilty plea but, after the jury heard all the medical evidence presented they concluded that any difficulties that she may have had did not prevent her forming an intent to kill. She was therefore convicted of the murder of both victims.
“Our deepest sympathies are now with the extended family and friends of Elizabeth and Katie Edwards as they attempt to come to terms with this horrific crime.”