Brianna Ghey’s tragic final hours have been released by police today – as chilling doorbell footage shows the transgender schoolgirl leaving her home to meet a ‘torture-obsessed’ teenager before she was stabbed to death.
Two defendants, identified only as girl X and boy X, are alleged to have murdered 16-year-old Brianna who was stabbed 28 times in a ‘brutal’ attack in Culcheth Linear Park, near Warrington, Cheshire, on February 11.
Brianna, dressed in a large white hoodie, a skirt, long socks and glasses, is captured on camera shutting her front door whilst texting on her phone. She then walks through a wooden gate, shuts it behind her and walks off into the distance.
Today jurors were also told that Brianna never read her mother’s last message telling the ‘timid’ schoolgirl how ‘proud’ she was that had gone out by herself on the day of her death.
Girl X and Boy Y are accused of luring Brianna to the park before putting into place a handwritten plan to kill her. Brianna believed she was meeting Girl X at the park.
A dog walker found her bloodied body face-down in mud just after 3.10pm and saw a boy and girl running away, the trial has heard.
Police and paramedics rushed to the scene but Brianna had been stabbed 28 times in a ‘sustained and violent assault’ and died at the scene, jurors have heard.
Her alleged killers – both aged 15 at the time – were ‘preoccupied with violence, torture and death’ and had drawn up a list of five people they wanted to kill, the trial has heard.
Girl X and Boy Y, who are both now 16 and cannot be identified for legal reasons, deny her murder.
Brianna Ghey’s tragic final hours have been released by police today – as chilling doorbell footage shows the transgender schoolgirl leaving her home to meet two torture-obsessed teenagers before she was stabbed to death
Brianna Ghey, 16, was found with 28 stab wounds in a park in Cheshire on February 11
Brianna’s mother Esther Ghey (left) had her statement read out in court today as she revealed her daughter had been ill in the same week the defendants discussed poisoning her with pills
In the weeks prior to Brianna’s death, the pair exchanged a series of disturbing messages in which they discussed killing the transgender teenager with an overdose, Manchester Crown court heard on Wednesday.
In messages sent on January 23 which were read to the jury, Girl X told Boy Y she always ‘fakes apologies’ and ‘plays the victim’, before discussing how she could kill Brianna.
Girl X wrote that ‘ppl already know she is depressed and s*** so nobody would get sus [suspicious] … I gave her some[pills] today that should have been enough to kill her … but she didn’t die’.
The two then discuss giving Brianna prescription medication in a McDonald’s milkshake and Boy Y says the pills Girl X gave Brianna ‘might be slowly killing her’.
In a statement read to the jury today, Brianna’s mother Esther Ghey said there was an incident during the week of January 23 when Brianna threw up and screamed in pain.
‘She appeared to be in real pain and was screaming and crying for me to help her,’ Ms Ghey said.
‘I got home from work about 6pm. I shouted ‘Hi’ up to Brianna who was in her room.
‘I went into the kitchen to start tea when I heard Brianna screaming. My initial thought was she had self-harmed and hurt herself.
‘She was screaming in pain, saying ‘I think I’m going to die’.
‘She was really in distress, I wondered if it was appendicitis. ‘She kept saying ‘Don’t leave me’.’
Ms Ghey said she went downstairs to get her phone and heard a ‘splash’ as Brianna was sick ‘all over the floor’.
As she cleaned it up, she saw what she thought were grape skins within the vomit, she said.
According to the prosecution, these may in fact have been traces of the medication she swallowed.
‘Although Brianna wasn’t in as much pain, she was still in some discomfort, rolling around in pain,’ she added. Ms Ghey added Brianna continued to improve and she didn’t think she ended up taking time off school.
Later, the defendants were again in contact about the incident, the court heard.
Girl X said: ‘Brianna is still ill. These tablets I gave her might slowly be killing her. She just said I was in so much pain in my stomach.’
Boy Y replied: ‘If it gets worse she’ll get taken to the hospital but her liver should be done with it in a few days possibly by tomorrow.’
It came as the court heard Girl X claimed she could talk about a notorious serial killer for ‘two hours’.
Girl X told her co-accused, Boy Y, that she knew all about Richard Ramirez, known as The Night Stalker, jurors were told.
Messages sent by Girl X to Boy Y on January 23 were read out in court on Wednesday
Brianna was so ill when her mother found her that she thought she was going to die, the court heard
Peter Spooner, father of murdered teenager Brianna Ghey, arrives with his partner at Manchester Crown Court on Monday
In a message sent on January 23 this year, three weeks before Brianna’s death, she told him: ‘I could talk about him for like two hours, including quotes and dates of stuff’.
Notes about Ramirez and fellow serial killers Jeffrey Dahmer and Harold Shipman were also discovered in her bedroom following her arrest.
The messages were exchanged at a time when Girl X’s ‘fascination’ with Brianna – who was transgender – ‘turned darker’, Manchester Crown Court heard.
Before allegedly killing Brianna, the prosecution say the two 16-year-olds discussed plans to kill two other children, known only as R and E.
In messages read to the court, Girl X told Boy Y ‘I need help killing someone’, adding: ‘He deserves to die’.
The pair are said to have then discussed methods of torture and search history shows Boy Y researched it online.
Girl X then turned her attention to Child E, and she and Boy Y created a fake Instagram account to target him, the court heard.
‘I want him to suffer,’ Girl X said in a message to Boy Y.
The pair then decided that if they could not kill Child E, they would instead kill Brianna.
Girl X described Brianna as a ‘greedy b****’ in another message to Boy Y as she suggested they stab her, adding Brianna was ‘prettier’.
Girl X then told Boy Y that Brianna had agreed to meet her in Culcheth on January 28 and they talk of going to Linear Park, with Girl X telling Boy Y to slit Brianna’s throat then pass the knife to her.
‘I want to stab her at least once even if she’s dead jus coz its fun lol’, she said. They discussed using code words to signal when to attack her.
On February 9, the court heard Girl X told Boy Y she was ‘excited’ for February 11: the day Brianna was killed.
Girl X said: ‘I’m excited about Saturday. Brianna remember? Aren’t you excited?’
‘I forgot,’ came Boy Y’s response.
The night before Brianna was murdered, Girl X watched her ‘favourite’ film, Sweeney Todd, and asked Boy Y, who frequently referred to Brianna as ‘it’, about what knife he would bring to meet her, the court was told.
Jurors were then shown CCTV footage of the pair meeting Brianna on the afternoon of February 11. The three were last seen together on Ring doorbell footage at 2.02pm.
Brianna (pictured), 16, was found with fatal wounds on a path in Culcheth Linear Park, near her home in Warrington
Ms Ghey said she knew her 16-year-old daughter had arranged to meet one of the accused teenagers, referred to as Girl X, on February 11. She said Brianna rarely went out at weekends but she knew she had been spending time with Girl X, sometimes meeting her at a McDonald’s.
She didn’t know how often Brianna met Girl X on school days, she said, adding: ‘Brianna was always home from school well before I got home from work.’
In her statement she said Brianna sent her a message at 1.41pm ahead of the planned meeting reading: ‘I’m on the bus by myself, I’m scared.’
Ms Ghey said she replied: ‘Well that’s well good xx.’
‘I was really proud of her,’ she added.
She said the message was received by Brianna’s phone, but she hadn’t read it before she was killed.
Ms Ghey said police informed her later that afternoon that Brianna had been found dead, but that most of what they had told her was a ‘blur’.
Prosecutor Deanna Heer KC yesterday told the jury that there was ‘no dispute’ that Briana was murdered, and that the issue was whether Girl X and Boy Y participated.
‘They both accept they were in the park and Boy Y accepts he took his hunting knife with him,’ she said.
‘But they both deny participating in her killing in any way and each blames the other. Plainly they cannot both be telling the truth.’
Only Girl X is in the dock today. Boy Y is instead listening in remotely via video link from his secure accommodation unit.
Trial judge Mrs Justice Yip told the jury they may notice that Boy Y is playing with a fidget or tangle toy, or have a crossword book with him, which experts have told her helps him concentrate.
‘Whatever helps to manage conditions I’m perfectly happy with,’ she said. ‘Whatever helps us get through the evidence, that’s helpful.’
Yesterday the court heard that the wounds inflicted on Brianna were simply ‘unsurvivable’. Some of the 28 stab injuries were consistent with her having tried to defend herself, jurors were told.
She suffered stab wounds which hit her jugular vein and her heart.
The trial continues.