October 2013

Christina Edkins stabbing: Phillip Simelane admits manslaughter

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A paranoid schizophrenic today admitted killing teenager Christina Edkins by stabbing her in the chest as she travelled on a bus on her way to school in the Black Country.

Homeless Phillip Simelane’s guilty plea at Birmingham Crown Court comes as police reveal he was freed from prison less than three months before attacking the Halesowen schoolgirl.

Despite ‘warning markers’ on his police record and a previous threat to stab his mother he was not placed under any care following his release in December.

Police had received 21 calls from his mother about his behaviour in just under 10 years. It included criminal damage and rows with his siblings.

Today Christina’s family, who were in court for the hearing, demanded answers as a number of internal reviews were underway involving health and probation organisations

Simelane plunged a knife into the chest of the 16-year-old as she sat on the top deck of the number nine bus before he casually walked down the stairs and stepped off at a stop.

Christina, who was heading to Leasowes High School in Halesowen, was left in the hands of fellow bus passengers who, despite attempts to revive her, were unable to save her life.

Simelane, aged 23, of Walsall, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility of Christina at the court hearing today.