'Beyond our worst nightmares': Family of Brianna Ghey’s killer say their lives ‘are in turmoil’

Brianna Ghey murder court case Credit: PA

The family of a girl who killed transgender teenager Brianna Ghey said finding out the "brutal truth" about what their daughter did was "beyond their worst nightmares".

Scarlett Jenkinson had “enjoyed” the killing and she found the thought of violence “sexually arousing”, with a desire to kill again, Manchester Crown Court heard.

Her accomplice, Eddie Ratcliffe, had been transphobic about Brianna, Mrs Justice Yip ruled.

Jenkinson must serve a minimum of 22 years before parole and Ratcliffe 20 years.

Both were aged 15 when they carried out the “disturbing” plan to murder Brianna, 16, in a “frenzied and ferocious” attack with a hunting knife in February last year.

Brianna Ghey was stabbed to death in a park in Cheshire in February 2023 Credit: Cheshire Police/PA

They were identified for the first time as they were sentenced on Friday after the judge lifted a ban on the press naming them.

In a statement to the Warrington Guardian, Jenkinson’s family said: “All of our thoughts are for Brianna and her family.

“The last 12 months have been beyond our worst nightmares as we have come to realise the brutal truth of Scarlett’s actions.

“We agree with the jury’s verdict, the judge’s sentence and the decision to name the culprits.”

Saying their lives were “in turmoil”, the family thanked Brianna’s mother Esther Ghey for her “incredible selflessness and empathy towards our family”.

“Her compassion is overwhelming and we are forever grateful,” they said.

“To all of Brianna’s family and friends, our community and everyone else that has been affected by this horror, we are truly sorry.”

How could two seemingly ‘innocent’ teenagers became killers, concocting a kill list, luring Brianna into a park and stabbing her, in a "frenzied and ferocious" attack, 28 times?

Brianna was stabbed with a hunting knife 28 times in her head, neck, chest and back after being lured to Linear Park, Culcheth, a village near Warrington, Cheshire, on the afternoon of February 11, last year.

Jenkinson, whose parents are teachers and live close to the park in Culcheth, had been asked to leave her school, Culcheth High, over giving cannabis-laced gummy sweets to another pupil.

She joined Brianna’s school, Birchwood High, in October 2022 and quickly became “obsessed” with her.

Esther Ghey was in the gallery of the House of Commons when the comment was made Credit: Peter Byrne/PA

After the teenage killers were convicted, Esther Ghey called for “empathy and compassion” for their families.

She said “they too have lost a child” and “must live the rest of their lives knowing what their child has done”.

On Thursday, trial judge Mrs Justice Yip warned that anyone tempted to direct “vitriol or malice” towards the defendants’ families would be “acting against the express wishes” of Ms Ghey.

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