Woman who stabbed 7-year-old to death in park on Mother’s Day gets life sentence

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A woman who stabbed a 7-year-old girl she had never met to death in a Bolton park on Mother's Day has been handed a life sentence.

Eltiona Skana, slashed the seven-year-old across the neck with a craft knife in Queen's Park, Bolton, on Mother's Day, March 22, this year.

Skana was sentenced today (Tuesday) at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court after pleading guilty to manslaughter at an earlier hearing, reports the Manchester Evening News.

The 30-year-old, who has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, was given a life sentence, with a minimum term of 8 years, but will be detained in hospital and only be sent to prison if her treatment allows it.

Judge Mr Justice Wall told her: "What this means is that you will be detained in hospital until no longer necessary. If or when it's no longer necessary you will be released to prison."

If Skana is never fit to be released to prison she will remain in treatment at hospital indefinitely.

Emily had been riding to meet her mother when Skana leapt from a bench, grabbed her and stabbed her.

In a victim impact statement read in court today Emily's dad Mark Jones described his daughter as a 'kind child' who was 'bright and funny'.

He added: "Emily was a vulnerable child full of innocence and wonder, she was just starting off on her path of life and her future was cut short.

"Our future has also been taken away. How can we enjoy life when the best part of it has been taken away?"

Last week Skana was found not guilty of murdering Emily, after prosecutors dropped the charge.

Prosecution barrister Michael Brady QC told the jury there was 'no longer any realistic prospect of conviction' for murder following evidence from Dr Saifullah Syed Afghan – a consultant forensic psychiatrist who is treating Skana at Rampton Hospital.

Mr Brady told the court he had no 'alternative' explanation for Skana's actions on March 22, aside from previous explanations of psychosis brought on by her diagnosed paranoid schizophrenia.

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