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BBC: Katie Rough death: Teen detained for life for killing

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Katie Rough death: Teen detained for life for killing

Katie Rough
Image caption Katie was found seriously injured near playing fields in York in January

A 16-year-old girl has been detained for life for killing seven-year-old Katie Rough.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility in July.

Katie was smothered and slashed with a knife by the teenager on a playing field in Woodthorpe, York, on 9 January. She died later in hospital.

A judge said it was a "truly exceptional case" and ordered the girl to serve a minimum term of five years.

The defendant appeared via video link at Leeds Crown Court as Katie's family looked on from the jury box.

A previous hearing was told how the girl, who was 15 at the time of the attack, suffered with severe mental health problems and was convinced people "were robots".

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