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Two Teenagers Kill Brianna Ghey Because They Thought It Would Be Fun

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Scarlett Jenkinson said killing was ‘exciting’ while Eddie Ratcliffe wanted help to woo a girl he fancied; court hears.

The hearing began with some startling new information: though she had pleaded not guilty at trial, Scarlett Jenkinson had now admitted to stabbing Brianna repeatedly, “a lot” of times.

The now 16-year-old told a psychiatrist, who visited her at the secure unit where she has been held since her arrest because she thought Brianna was going to stop being her friend and this was a way, told the person that it was "exciting" and so that they could always be together.

“She said she enjoyed thinking about the plan to kill Brianna but her motivation for doing so was because she considered Brianna a friend and anticipated that Brianna was going to leave her, and she wanted to kill her so that she would always be with her.” Deanna Heer KC, prosecuting, told the court.

Jenkinson told the psychiatrist, Dr Richard Church, that she had planned to take one of Brianna’s body parts as a “token” but she and the second teenager, Eddie Ratcliffe. However, they were disturbed by a pair of dog walkers and had to run away.

Jenkinson told the jury that she enjoyed watching videos of murder and torture on the dark web, Ratcliffe never confessed to enjoying watching or thinking about anything violent.

The murderer claimed to be “sexually excited” as she planned Brianna’s murder, Littler said.

The barrister knew that might be hard to believe, but he said: “The very idea that a 15-year-old boy would agree to help his 15-year-old friend to kill someone because that friend might help him to get to know a girl he fancied is only unbelievable when looked at through the prism of a non-autistic mind.”

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