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SANE responds to killing of Katie Rough, seven, from York
Added: 4th Jul 2017

A 16-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to killing seven-year-old Katie Rough from York.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility at Leeds Crown Court on Monday.

The court was told the teenage girl suffered with severe mental health problems, and was convinced some people "weren't humans and were robots".

Speaking about the case, Marjorie Wallace, Chief Executive of SANE, says: “We trust that the independent inquiry, which must follow this shocking and tragic case, will throw light on whether the young girl who pleaded guilty to manslaughter had been assessed for any risk her disturbed thinking presented, and whether there had been missed opportunities to treat her in a specialist unit.

“There have been campaigns in this region involving young people with mental health needs being shunted hundreds of miles to find treatment that have revealed a serious lack of local services. This has been reflected in many other parts of the country. Theresa May has already acknowledged the severity of the problem, and we hope the government will make new provision urgently available."

To read more about the case, click here.

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