Katie Rough death: Teen accused of Stanley knife murder stays silent in court



A 15-YEAR-OLD girl has been remanded into secure accommodation by York magistrates after being charged with the murder of seven-year-old Katie Rough.

The teen was also charged with the possession of an offensive weapon after the death of Katie Rough in York on Monday.

Flanked by two security guards and a youth offending team manager, the suspect stood in the centre of the glass fronted dock and said nothing in the eight-minute hearing.

The defendant is accused of stabbing little Katie Rough with a Stanley knife, the court heard.

She stared straight forward as her solicitor answered questions about her name and address. She will appear before Leeds Crown Court on Friday.

Katie was found with serious injuries ten minutes from her home in the Woodthorpe area of the city.

Katie's family were pictured arriving at York Magistrates Court this morning.

She was rushed to hospital but later died.

Katie, who was described as a "kind and thoughtful child", was found on a track after police were called to a nearby address.

Witnesses described how her mum Alison fell to her knees in the street, crying and pleading for help after her daughter was injured.

Katie was found less than a mile from the family home.

The area was cordoned off on Tuesday while forensic officers examined the scene and mourners laid flowers in the street.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "I'm sure the whole House will join in heartfelt condolences to the family and friends following the tragic death of seven-year-old Katie Rough in York earlier this week.

"I think it's right we send condolences to her family."

Prime Minister Theresa May said: "I also join you in expressing condolences to the family and friends of little Katie, who died so tragically."