Trial date fixed for Wigan borough teenager charged with murder of Brianna Ghey

A trial date has been fixed for a boy and girl charged with the murder of 16-year-old Brianna Ghey.
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The two 15-year-olds, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday.

They were charged following the death of Brianna, from Birchwood in Warrington, who was found with fatal stab wounds at Culcheth Linear Park on Saturday.

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The boy from Leigh and girl from Warrington – who appeared on separate videolinks from youth detention accommodation and were both accompanied by an adult – spoke to confirm their names and dates of birth.

The girl’s parents and the boy’s mother were in the public gallery for the hearing, which lasted just under half an hour, and both mothers appeared tearful.

Judge David Aubrey KC fixed a trial date for July 10, with the case expected to last about three weeks.

He remanded them both into youth detention accommodation ahead of a plea and trial preparation hearing on May 2.