A 16-year-old girl and a boy received life sentences in a British court today for the brutal murder of their peer Brianna Ghey. Both convicts can be released after 22 and 20 years, respectively, the court in Manchester decided, according to The Guardian. According to the AFP agency, this is a very severe punishment for juvenile sentences.
In February 2023, then 16-year-old Ghey, who was openly transgender, died of 28 stab wounds to the head, neck, chest and back with a hunting knife. The convicts attacked her in a park in Warrington, near Liverpool, where they lured her. They were distracted from the brutal act by the passing of people walking their dogs. The case caused strong emotions across Britain.
“Both of you participated in a brutal and premeditated murder that was sadistic in nature and the ulterior motive of which was hostility towards Brianna because of her transgender identity. You chose Brianna because you thought she would be an easy target,” said judge Amanda Yip.
The names of both perpetrators were withheld throughout the trial due to their young ages. Today, for the first time, the judge made them public and said of the perpetrator that she was driven by a “strong desire to kill”. According to witnesses, the girl had a list of people she wanted to kill, and Ghey was one of them.