Girls guilty of murdering alcoholic who was battered with coffee table and printer in her own home

Murder victim Angela Wrightson Credit: SWNS

Two girls have been found guilty of brutally murdering an alcoholic woman in her own home.

The girls used weapons - including a coffee table, television set, a computer printer and a shovel - to carry out the "sustained and brutal" attack on Angela Wrightson over several hours in December 2014.

A picture of Angela Wrightson, taken some years before her death. Credit: Police handout

The pair, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were aged 13 and 14 at the time.

Miss Wrightson's body was found in her blood-spattered living room in Hartlepool, County Durham, with more than 100 injuries.

Stephen Street in Hartlepool. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Shards of glass and small pieces of gravel were found around Miss Wrightson's genitals and ash had been put into her ear.

The teenage killers burst into tears as a jury convicted of murder at Leeds Crown Court after a seven-week trial.

The jury of eight women and four men deliberated for just over three hours before returning the guilty verdicts.

The girls, who are now 15, will be sentenced on Thursday.

Reacting to the verdict, Gerry Wareham, chief crown prosecutor for CPS North East, said it was "hard to imagine that two girls of such a young age could be capable of such violence".