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Two British teenagers sentenced for killing their trans friend

A murder “of a sadistic character,” of “extreme gravity,” “planned,” and of “unique cruelty”. Judge Amanda Yip, at the court in Manchester, did not hold back adjectives to describe the murder of Brianna Ghey and sentenced the two young perpetrators to at least two decades in prison.

Scarlett Jenkinson and Eddie Ratcliffe, two 16-year-old Britons, were sentenced on Friday to a minimum of 22 and 20 years in prison, respectively, for the “brutal” stabbing death of a transgender friend, Brianna Ghey, in England, on February 11, 2023.

The judge announced today the sentences of the two minors, who will only be released from prison if it is proven that they do not pose a danger to society after being subjected to a strict rehabilitation program.

As the judge explained, Ghey, who is transgender, received up to 28 deep stab wounds using a hunting knife on his head, chest, arms, and back in the bright light of a park in Cheshire County, northwest England.

Five possible victims

The murder, according to the judge, was planned, and Jenkinson initiated the planning by writing details on his mobile phone and in notebooks, where he has a list of up to five potential victims.

According to detectives investigating the case, Jenkinson and Ratcliffe were attracted to violence, torture, and murder, and the plan to kill Ghey took them weeks.

Prosecutor Nicola Williams said today that the teenager They showed no remorse and described the level of planning and violence as “unbelievable.”

“The two seem to have a deadly influence on each other and turn into reality what might have started as dark fantasies about murder,” he added.

“The messages between the two provide a terrible vision of the twisted desires and fantasies of the two accused. However, they also gave us the motivation behind the attack, the plans, and then the attempts to hide it,” he explained.

“Today’s sentencing shows the brutality of the two killers’ violent crimes, and while it doesn’t erase the pain of Brianna’s loss, we hope it provides some closure,” he said.

The secret of their identity has been removed

The two teenagers participated in the killing that was “sadistic in nature” and “extremely serious,” added the magistrate, who acknowledged that the two were still very young and believed that they would respond to an intensive rehabilitation program.

Today, the judge allowed the identity of the convicted person to be revealed after he issued a court order, which prevented them from being named because of their age. Lawyers for the two teenagers opposed the media’s request to lift the restrictions on their identities, citing potential consequences for their well-being.

The killing of the girl caused a great uproar in the United Kingdom after she was found dead in February 2023 in a park in the town of Culcheth (Cheshire).

After learning of the teenager’s violent death, members of the transgender community organized vigils in the English cities of Liverpool and Bristol, as well as in other cities in the United Kingdom, such as Manchester, Glasgow, and Leeds.

In a statement read out in court in Manchester, Brianna’s mother, Esther, said she had “never felt so sick” and added that her daughter was “probably very scared.”

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