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Hampshire schoolgirl found guilty of attempting to murder best friend

A schoolgirl obsessed with serial killers and school shootings has been found guilty of the attempted murder of her best friend.

A jury at Winchester crown court heard that the pupil, aged 14 at the time, lured her victim to a quiet corner of their Hampshire school grounds on 25 April with the promise of giving her a present, before then stabbing her.

The defendant, now 15, who had researched fatal stab wounds, denied intending to kill her victim but admitted wanting to hurt her.

She had previously pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding and possession of a bladed article on school premises.

The defendant closed her eyes as the verdict was announced and fought back tears as she was led from the court.

A schoolgirl obsessed with serial killers and school shootings has been found guilty of the attempted murder of her best friend.

A jury at Winchester crown court heard that the pupil, aged 14 at the time, lured her victim to a quiet corner of their Hampshire school grounds on 25 April with the promise of giving her a present, before then stabbing her.

The defendant, now 15, who had researched fatal stab wounds, denied intending to kill her victim but admitted wanting to hurt her.

She had previously pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding and possession of a bladed article on school premises.

The defendant closed her eyes as the verdict was announced and fought back tears as she was led from the court.

The court heard that, during the previous night, the defendant had researched fatal stab wounds to the heart.

The girl admitted she had been fascinated with serial killers and had even produced a fashion GCSE project based on American Ted Bundy.

She had also planned to slit the throats of her mother and brother while they slept and, the court heard, she had produced a journal, which she later burned, with a plan for a school shooting which included a “kill list” of 60 people.

The defendant told the court she had planned to do something “sensational” so she would stand out from others and because she was not interested in having a nine-to-five life “mapped out” for her.

James Newton-Price QC, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was for a period of time obsessed with serial killers and school shootings and the notoriety that attaches to those who commit those crimes. She had even at one stage prepared what she described in her own words as a ‘kill list’ of those she didn’t like at her school.

“She had even thought about how to kill her own mother and brother and she discussed how to do so in the two or three weeks leading up to an incident in which she stabbed her friend at school. It seems that she decided to kill her best friend; she had already researched online how to kill swiftly and effectively with a knife.”

She had discussed her plans with another friend, which she said was a fantasy “to see how far she could push” her ideas, but the court heard that she had sent this friend a message saying she would carry out the stabbing on the morning of the attack.

The trial also heard that, the night before, she had a cut a “Chelsea grin” on her face to emulate Heath Ledger’s Joker from The Dark Knight Batman film as she intended to enter an “insanity plea” if she was arrested.

The defendant said she had chosen her friend as her target because she felt “uneasy” about her after fake social media profiles were set up in her name the previous summer. The victim denied any involvement.

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