Murder of Angela Wrightson

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Angela Wrightson
Angela Wrightson

Died8 December 2014
Cause of deathMurder by beating with household objects incl. shovel, TV, coffee table, stick studded with screws
ResidenceHartlepool, County Durham, England
Known forMurder victim
Home townHartlepool, County Durham, England

Angela Wrightson (1974/75 – 8 December 2014) was a British woman who lived in Hartlepool, England. She was murdered by two teenage girls, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in her home[1] in December 2014.


Wrightson lived on Stephen Street in Hartlepool. She was an alcoholic.


The second trial found that two girls, aged 13 and 14 at the time of the attack, murdered Wrightson in her home in a "sustained and brutal attack" on the night of 8 December 2014. She was found dead by her landlord the next morning.

Both girls were in the care system at the time.

Legal proceedings[edit]

The first trial was held in July 2015. However, due to widespread commentary on the case on social media networks including Facebook, the judge, Henry Globe, ordered that the trial be abandoned as the case could be prejudiced. This led to reporting restrictions under the Children and Young Persons Act of 1933.

Between the first and second trials, media organisations challenged the reporting restrictions in the Court of Appeal.[2]

The second trial was held from February to April 2016 at Leeds Crown Court. Two teenage girls were convicted of the murder and sentenced to a minimum of 15 years imprisonment on 7 April.

At sentencing, the judge ruled that the anonymity of the two perpetrators should be maintained.[3]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

  • "Angela Wrightson murder trial reaction". BBC News Online Live reporting. 5 April 2016.
  • "Angela Wrightson: Girls found guilty of murder". BBC News Online. 5 April 2016.
  • Bethan Bell (5 April 2016). "Angela Wrightson: A chaotic life and brutal death". BBC News Online.
  • Colin George (7 April 2016). "Angela Wrightson murder: How the media fought to report the case". BBC News Online.
  • Rebecca Turner (7 April 2016). "Schoolgirl Killers Sentenced to 15 Years". BBC North East Live reporting.
  • "Angela Wrightson murder: Girls given life terms for 'cowardly' killing". BBC News Online. 7 April 2016.
  • Bethan Bell (7 April 2016). "Angela Wrightson killers: A friendship that ended in murder". BBC News Online.