Pictures give grim insight into how 15-year-old girls killed Angela Wrightson

Angela Wrightson, 39, was found in her living room with more than 100 injuries - including 80 to her face - in Hartlepool in December 2014.
Angela Wrightson, 39, was found in her living room with more than 100 injuries - including 80 to her face - in Hartlepool in December 2014.

Two teenage girls who murdered a 39-year-old woman by battering her to death with household objects in a five-hour ordeal have been given life sentences with a minimum of 15 years.

The pair, who cannot be named for legal reasons, showed no reaction when they were sentenced at Leeds Crown Court.

Now both 15, the girls were 13 and 14 when they attacked Angela Wrightson in the lounge of her home in Hartlepool, County Durham, using weapons including a shovel, a TV, a coffee table and a stick studded with screws and leaving her with more than 100 injuries.

The judge refused to lift an order banning the identification of the two girls after hearing details of how the older one had repeatedly tried to kill herself.

He said some of these attempts happened on court premises, during the trial.

In one, the judge told the girl that a court official “I am satisfied, saved your life”.

He said the case for naming the younger girl was stronger but he accepted she was also vulnerable.

The judge told the older girl: “I am concerned and disturbed by what I regard as a heightened real risk that identification by a press blitz will elevate the risk to your life to such an extent that I am satisfied that there is a real and immediate risk to your life if you were to be identified as one of the two girls who murdered Angela Wrightson.”

A victim impact statement from Miss Wrightson’s mother, Maureen, was not read to the court but the judge summarised parts of it.

He said: “She describes the horror of seeing Angie’s battered body in the mortuary. She does not think she will ever be able to blink those images away.

“Having seen photographs of what Angie looked like at that time, I readily understand why she is of that view.

“She cannot understand how you could have been as violent as you were.

“She is not alone in that view.

“She had been disgusted by the laughing and giggling and sharing of photographs during the time of and immediately after the attack.”

Undated handout photo issued by Cleveland Police of a shovel which was used as a weapon
Undated handout photo issued by Cleveland Police of a shovel which was used as a weapon
Undated handout still from CCTV issued by Cleveland Police of Angela Wrightson in a shop
Undated handout still from CCTV issued by Cleveland Police of Angela Wrightson in a shop
Undated handout still from CCTV issued by Cleveland Police of two teenage girls walking back to the house of Angela Wrightson at 2am, they have been found guilty at Leeds Crown Court of murdering 39-year-old in her Hartlepool home.
Undated handout still from CCTV issued by Cleveland Police of two teenage girls walking back to the house of Angela Wrightson at 2am, they have been found guilty at Leeds Crown Court of murdering 39-year-old in her Hartlepool home.
Undated handout still from CCTV issued by Cleveland Police of a police van picking up two teenage girls
Undated handout still from CCTV issued by Cleveland Police of a police van picking up two teenage girls
CCTV images of Angela Wrightson before she was killed - Two 15-year-old girls who "battered and tortured" a woman to death in her own home have been found guilty of murder.
CCTV images of Angela Wrightson before she was killed – Two 15-year-old girls who “battered and tortured” a woman to death in her own home have been found guilty of murder.
Undated handout photo issued by Cleveland Police of a wooden stick laced with screws which was used as a weapon by two teenage girls who have been found guilty of murdering 39-year-old Angela Wrightson in her own home.
Undated handout photo issued by Cleveland Police of a wooden stick laced with screws which was used as a weapon by two teenage girls who have been found guilty of murdering 39-year-old Angela Wrightson in her own home.
Undated handout photo issued by Cleveland Police of a television which was used as a weapon by two teenage girls who have been found guilty of murdering 39-year-old Angela Wrightson in her own home.
Undated handout photo issued by Cleveland Police of a television which was used as a weapon by two teenage girls who have been found guilty of murdering 39-year-old Angela Wrightson in her own home.
Undated handout photo released by Leeds Crown Court of a drawing done by one of the defendants found by police after her arrest,
Undated handout photo released by Leeds Crown Court of a drawing done by one of the defendants found by police after her arrest, as one of teenage girls found guilty of murdering Angela Wrightson in her home has told a jury she thought the only ways people could die was through cancer, being shot in the head or stabbed in the heart, as two teenage girls have been found guilty at Leeds Crown Court of murdering the 39-year-old in her Hartlepool home
Undated handout photo issued by Cleveland Police of a photograph of Angela Wrightson, taken by one of two girls found guilty of her murder, as two teenage girls have been found guilty at Leeds Crown Court of murdering the 39-year-old in her Hartlepool home.
Undated handout photo issued by Cleveland Police of a photograph of Angela Wrightson, taken by one of two girls found guilty of her murder, as two teenage girls have been found guilty at Leeds Crown Court of murdering the 39-year-old in her Hartlepool home.
file photo issued by Cleveland Police of Angela Wrightson, taken some years before her death as two teenage girls have been found guilty at Leeds Crown Court of murdering the 39-year-old in her Hartlepool home.
file photo issued by Cleveland Police of Angela Wrightson, taken some years before her death as two teenage girls have been found guilty at Leeds Crown Court of murdering the 39-year-old in her Hartlepool home.
Undated handout file photo from Cleveland Police of a photograph taken by one of two girls when they were getting a lift in the back of a police van only hours after the murder of Angela Wrightson, as the two teenage girls have been found guilty at Leeds Crown Court of murdering the 39-year-old in her Hartlepool home.
Undated handout file photo from Cleveland Police of a photograph taken by one of two girls when they were getting a lift in the back of a police van only hours after the murder of Angela Wrightson, as the two teenage girls have been found guilty at Leeds Crown Court of murdering the 39-year-old in her Hartlepool home.

 

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