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Murder trial of two teen girls hears crime scene was like a 'bombsite'

Crime WorldBy Sunday World
The pathologist reported that there were 80 injuries to the victim's head alone
The pathologist reported that there were 80 injuries to the victim's head alone

The trial of two girls aged 14 and 15 accused of murdering a six-and-a-half stone woman in her home has heard the first paramedic to arrive said the scene was like a "bombsite".

Victim Angela Wrightson, 39, had suffered more than 100 separate injuries and died from either concussion, blood loss of a mixture of both, Teesside Crown Court was told.

There was evidence she had tried to defend herself, and that she had been restrained, the jury was told.

She was found naked from the waist down at her home in Stephen Street, Hartlepool, before 9am on December 9 last year, by her landlord.

She had been victim of a sustained and brutal attack overnight, the court has heard.

The defendants, who were 13 and 14 at the time of the murder, deny the offence.

Nicholas Campbell QC, prosecuting, told the court the first paramedic to arrive, Susan Appleyard, will tell the jury about the state of the living room when she arrived. "Both she and a colleague described the scene as something akin to a bombsite," the Crown said.

"Blood and broken furnishings could be seen all over the room."

Ms Wrightson, an alcoholic who was known to purchase drink and cigarettes for local children, was already dead.

Experts will confirm that a number of weapons were used in the prolonged attack, and one was swung overhead as blood spatter was found on the ceiling, Mr Campbell said.

Weapons included ornaments, a coffee table, a kettle, a television, a computer printer, a shovel and a wooden stick with protruding screws.

The jury was told experts believed the printer and television were thrown at the victim.

Pathologist Dr Mark Egan weighed Ms Wrightson's dead body and found she was just six-and-a-half stone and was 5ft4in tall.

He reported there were 80 injuries to her head alone.

Examination of her hands and arms show evidence she tried to deflect blows, Mr Campbell said, and that she had been "forcibly restrained" at times.

The amount of damage caused "would take a considerable time to inflict", the pathologist found.

The jury has previously heard that the younger girl took a photo of the other defendant in the back of a police van they had called to give them a lift home after the murder, then shared the image on Snapchat.

Both girls were in local authority care and knew they would be returned home as they had been reported missing.

The trial continues.