“Woman waved her arms for protection” as girls brutally kicked her in the head
A 39-year-old alcoholic woman tried to protect herself while two teenage girls accused of her murder kicked her in the head, a court has heard.
The older of the two girls told Leeds Crown Court that Angela Wrightson waved her arms about in the air as they attacked her at her home in Hartlepool, County Durham.
The girls, who were aged 13 and 14 at the time, are on trial for the murder of Miss Wrightson, who was found in her blood-spattered living room with more than 100 injuries.
The older girl, who is now 15, told the jury Miss Wrightson tried to protect herself.
In cross-examination, prosecutor Nicholas Campbell QC asked her: "What was she doing to protect herself?"
The girl, giving evidence via video-link, answered: "Waving her arms about in the air."
Mr Campbell continued: "And why was she waving her arms about?"
She answered: "Because we were kicking her in her head."
The court has heard that the two girls went to Miss Wrightson's house on the evening of December 8 2014 to drink cider.
The jury of eight women and four men heard that the girls left the house during the night and returned in the early hours of the following day.
The older girl told the court she wanted to go back to see if Miss Wrightson was all right.
She said the victim's face was bleeding and agreed with Mr Campbell that her scalp was cut open.
She said: "When I walked in I just thought she was going to be how she was but there was loads of blood."
The girl told the court that she did not think Miss Wrightson needed help when the pair left the house for the final time at about 4am.
She said: "I can't remember if she was bleeding or not, she was just touching her head."
Both girls admit being present at the time the injuries were inflicted.
The older girl admits that she struck Miss Wrightson but the younger girl, who is now 14, denies playing any part in the assault.
Both girls deny murder.
The older girl later denied that the night Miss Wrightson died was "the most exciting night" of her life.
Mr Campbell said to her: "I suggest that you were both on a high."
He added: "I suggest that this night turned out to be the most exciting night of your life with (the younger girl). Do you accept that?"
The girl replied: "No."
She said she did not accept that she intended to kill or seriously hurt Miss Wrightson.
Mr Campbell said: "I suggest you both attacked together to kill Angela Wrightson."
He continued: "That you have both intended at the very least to cause her really serious bodily harm."
The defendant accepted Mr Campbell's suggestions that she used her fists and feet to hurt Miss Wrightson while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
But she denied that she and the younger girl used at least 12 different weapons to hurt the victim and struck her in 12 different places around the living room of the house.
The trial was adjourned until Wednesday.