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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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Victim sustained 70 slashes and 54 blunt force injuries

Angela Wrightson captured on CCTV on the day that she died.

Judge Mr Justice Globe revealed Angela Wrightson sustained a total of 124 injuries during her five-hour ordeal.

Pathology reports showed that she had 70 slash wounds and 54 blunt force injuries, mostly to the head and face.

The 39-year-old also had 22 deflection injuries to her hands and arms as she tried to ward off the blows including three fractured fingers, the judge said.

Speaking to the younger girl, Mr Justice Globe said: "Those defensive injuries support what you said to one of your friends the following day about Angie pleading with you to stop hitting her."

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