A handwritten note drawing up a plan to stab Brianna Ghey to death was shown to a jury today.
The note was written by a teenage girl accused of her murder and involved accused Boy Y. As well as the ‘plan’, searches of the 15-year-old’s home found notes she had made about serial killers, placing them into categories and in some cases listing how many victims they had killed, a court heard.
There was also a spider diagram with the words ‘good’ and ‘evil’ in the middle of it, jurors were told.
The 16-year-old is accused along with the boy, who were both 15 at the time of Brianna’s murder in Culcheth Linear Park near Warrington, Cheshire, on February 11.
The pair, who are being referred to as Girl X and Boy Y because of their age, are said to have been fascinated by torture, violence and death.
Both deny murdering Brianna, who was transgender, blaming each other.
The note – headed ‘Saturday 11th February 2023. Victim: Brianna Ghey’ – was found alongside jottings about serial killers including Jeffrey Dahmer, Richard Ramirez and Harold Shipman
Brianna’s blood was found on Boy Y’s trainers and black ski-jacket, and on a hunting knife found in his bedroom at his home, the jury was told
A crumpled note – headed ‘Saturday 11th February 2023. Victim: Brianna Ghey’ – was found in the 15-year-old girl’s bedroom following her arrest after ‘timid’ Brianna was found dead from 28 stab wounds, jurors were told.
‘It is clearly, the prosecution say, a plan to kill Brianna Ghey,’ Deanna Heer KC told jurors as she opened the prosecution case last week.
Yesterday jurors were told that the note had been found on her bedroom floor as a list of agreed facts were read out at the end of the prosecution case.
Written in blue ink on lined paper, the note is marked with a small heart and headed ‘Saturday, 11th February, 2023. Victim Brianna Ghey.’
The word ‘plan’ was written underneath and underlined.
It read: ‘Meet [Boy Y] at wooden posts 1pm. Walk down to library, bus stop.
‘Wait until Brianna gets off bus, then the 3 of us walk to Linear Park. Go to the pipe/tunnel area.
‘I say code word to [Boy Y]. He stabs her in the back as I stab her in the stomach.
‘[Boy Y] drags the body into the area. We both cover up the area with logs etc.’
Notes on serial killers such as Jeffrey Dahmer, Richard Ramirez and Harold Shipman were also found in a black Pukka notebook when police searched the home of Girl X, the jury at Manchester Crown Court was told.
Handwritten notes also contained words including forgiveness, justice, suffering, punishment, sin and free will.
A spider diagram was drawn with the words good and evil in the middle of it.
There was also a list of ‘rights and wrongs’ and underneath were columns headed ‘Christian’ and one headed ‘Sikh’.
Describing the contents of the notebook, junior prosecution counsel Cheryl Mottram said: ‘We have types of serial killers.’
She said they were listed under the headings ‘organised, disorganised, organised and disorganised, crime spree, mass murderer, psychopathic sexual sadist, custodial, psychotic, organised crime and copycat’.
She said there were notes about John Wayne Gacy, the ‘Killer Clown’, which included the reference: ‘Serial killer, 33 victims, raped victims.’
Another handwritten note was found in a black handbag in a built in cubby hole in the bedroom.
This was headed: ‘Friday 11th November, attitudes to forgiveness.’
Ms Mottram said it contained two names, including Gee Walker, the mother of murdered teenager Anthony Walker, who was killed in a racist attack in Liverpool in 2005.
The note stated that she ‘forgives her son Anthony’s killer’.
Brianna suffered unsurvivable injuries to her head, neck, chest, back and sides in the ‘sustained and violent assault’
The other was Julie Nicholson, who the note said ‘could not forgive the terrorists who killed her daughter Jenny’ who died in the London Underground 7/7 bombings.
She said there were three handwritten notes on the floor.
One listed a series of facts about serial killers and their characteristics including ‘hedonistic’, ‘mutilation’, ‘sexual predatory behaviour’ and ‘can be superficially charming’.
There was also a second plan detailing a proposed killing.
It read: ‘Give her alcohol, sleeping pills, slit her throat – I will kill her.
‘Dismember body and places pieces in bin bags, bury bags seven feet underground.
‘Get her to go to Linear Park [where Brianna was found dead]. Someone jumps out and restrains her and then I kill her.’
Earlier an expert on blood stains was accused by Boy Y’s barrister of ‘trying to fit a theory into the evidence’.
Forensic expert Jane Roughley examined the scene where Brianna was found fatally injured after being stabbed 28 times.
On Wednesday she told jurors that blood stains found on a ski jacket belonging to Boy Y could be explained by him wearing it while he was in close proximity to a source of ‘airborne’ blood from Brianna.
Traces of her blood were also found on a hunting knife – alleged to be the murder weapon – found in searches of his home, and also on the trainers he was wearing.
She was yesterday cross examined by Richard Littler, KC, who suggested that it was possible the knife was not the murder weapon but that Brianna’s blood had got on to it ‘in some other way’.
Ms Roughley said other tissue on the blade also suggested that the knife was used to injure Brianna.
The scientist was asked why only two spots of blood from Boy Y’s trainer were examined for Brianna’s DNA.
‘It is not always possible to examine every single exhibit due to financial constraints,’ she answered.
She accepted that blood spots on the trainers which had not been tested could have come from Boy Y or someone else.
Brianna on her final bus journey to Culcheth before she was found stabbed to death in Linear Park
Mr Littler suggested that blood found on the front of Boy Y’s left trainer could be because he was standing next to Brianna’s body – the teenager told police he had gone to urinate, returning to find Girl X stabbing her ‘at least three times’.
Boy Y claims he then bent down to check on Brianna.
Ms Roughley said: ‘If it is assumed that that Boy Y approached Brianna in the position she was in on the body worn footage, I see no opportunity for how blood from her could have dripped on to the toe of the shoe.’
Mr Littler said that Boy Y claimed he went to Brianna’s body and put her hands on her.
Ms Roughley accepted that there could be a transfer of blood from his hands on to his jacket.
Mr Littler also asked whether ‘wet blood’ could have been transferred from the knife on to his jacket if he had put it within his clothing.
‘Yes, that’s also correct,’ she answered.
Mr Littler suggested that the expert was trying to fit a theory which had been put in her mind by others to the evidence.
She replied: ‘I disagree.
‘My interpretation was based on the scientific findings prior to any statements from other individuals.’
A second blood stain analysis expert called by Boy Y’s defence said she disagreed with some of Ms Roughley’s conclusions.
Joanne Millington highlighted the fact that Ms Roughley was not allowed access to the crime scene until two days after the stabbing.
Saying the delay was ‘extremely unfortunate’, she added: ‘The golden rule is to have that evidence examined as quickly as possible.’
Ms Millington said that she disagreed that blood staining on one of Boy Y’s trainers indicated that it had come into ‘forceful contact’ with a patch of wet blood from Brianna.
She said she had concluded that the blood stains on Boy Y and his clothes could not help in saying whether he was the attacker or just someone who had bent down over Brianna’s body after she had been attacked.
‘The blood stains could have been created in both those scenarios,’ she added.
Girl X, now 16, of Warrington, and Boy Y, also 16 and of Leigh, Greater Manchester, deny murder and blame each other for wielding the hunting knife which allegedly inflicted the fatal wounds.
The trial continues.