15 year old charged with murder of seven year old girl makes second court appearance


    A 15 year old girl charged with the murder of seven year old Katie Rough has attended her second court appearance. Following an appearance at magistrates’ court, the teenager has now appeared before a crown court judge.

    Little Katie was discovered with severe injuries close to playing fields in a suburb of York on Monday. Despite the efforts of emergency services, the seven year old died later in hospital. It was later revealed that she had suffered stab wounds to the neck and chest, which had been caused by a Stanley knife.

    The teenage girl was arrested and then charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon. As often happens during cases in the crown court involving minors, the teenager appeared through a video link from a different room. She wore a purple jumper and black leggings. Sitting alongside her solicitor, she did not speak and did not enter a plea during the hearing, which lasted just five minutes.

    Next court hearing

    Her solicitor simply confirmed the girl’s name. No application was made for bail and she has been remanded to a youth detention facility. She will be back at the same court in Leeds for a pre-trial preparation hearing on February 16. While Katie’s parents Alison and Paul did not attend the latest hearing, her grandparents were there along with other family members.

    It is understood that the little girl was discovered by dog walkers lying on the ground critically injured just as darkness was falling on Monday. Since then, scores of floral tributes have been left at the scene where she was found. Meanwhile, a fundraising campaign has been launched to raise money for Katie’s family, with the total now standing at close to £20,000.

    Meanwhile, Tracey Ralph, who is the head teacher at Westfield Primary School described Katie as a “kind and thoughtful” pupil who was popular with everyone at the school.