Girls tortured vulnerable woman to death while sending photos of her bloodied face on Snapchat

Girls tortured vulnerable woman to death while sending photos of her bloodied face on Snapchat
The victim, Angela Wrightson (Image: Supplied to the New Zealand Herald)

Who says kids nowadays spend so much time texting and watching TV that they never get outside? A 13 and 14-year-old in Durham, N.Z., got plenty of exercise — and had a ball doing it.

Unfortunately when they were finished, they had a dead body to show for it.

According to the New Zealand Herald, the girls, whose names have been withheld because they are minors, “brutally battered a vulnerable woman to death with a television, spade and a stick studded with screws while giggling and sending photos of her bloodied face to friends”:

The [pair] … inflicted more than 100 injuries to Angela Wrightson, 39, as she pleaded for her life in a five-hour attack.

She was befriended by the teenagers to buy them alcohol and cigarettes but the pair turned on Ms Wrightson at her home in Hartlepool, County Durham, in December 2014.


Shards of glass and small pieces of gravel or grit were also strewn around Ms Wrightson’s private parts and ash from burnt paper put in her ear.

The story gets even more sickening. The teens posed periodically for selfies alongside their bloody victim as she lay dying and sent the pictures to their pals on the social media site Snapchat. Remarkably, the two denied having committed the crime after being apprehended.

Equally remarkable is that the jury required three hours to return a guilty verdict in their trial for murder.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.

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