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Teens handed life sentences for brutal murder of Angela Wrightson

Two teenage girls have been given life sentences with a minimum of 15 years at Leeds Crown Court for the brutal murder of 39-year-old Angela Wrightson in her home in Hartlepool.

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

The court heard the pair, who were 13 and 14 at the time, shared photographs during and after the attack on social media.

The teenagers cannot be named for legal reasons.

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Judge: 'Teens worked together in cowardly attack'

Angela Wrightson was captured on CCTV buying alcohol on the night of her death.

A judge said that teenage girls acted in tandem to carry out the "cowardly attack" on vulnerable Angela Wrightson.

Handing them life sentences at Leeds Crown Court, Mr Justice Globe said: "It was an attack that included gratuitous degradation."

The girls, aged 13 and 14 at the time of the murder, took selfies of themselves with their victim cowering in the background with marks showing on her face.

A selfie taken by the girls that showed Ms Wrightson with marks to her face.

The girls also shared a photograph on social media of them in the back of a police van saying: "...in the back of a bizzie [police] van again."

This was a sustained attack over a long period of time carried out with weapons in many different ways.

"She undoubtedly suffered considerably, both mentally and physically, before she ultimately lost consciousness and died.

"Her alcoholic state, considerable though it was, may have numbed the pain but I stress the word may and it most certainly would not have taken it away."

– Mr Justice Globe

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