‘Murder plan’ drawn up by girl accused of killing trans teen Brianna Ghey that says ‘I say code word to Boy Y. He stabs her in the back as I stab her in the stomach’
A handwritten note detailing a plan to stab Brianna Ghey to death was shown to a jury today.
The note was written by a teenage girl accused of murder and involved suspect Boy Y. In addition to the 'plan', searches of the 15-year-old's home also found notes she had made about serial killers and classified them into categories . In some cases it stated how many victims they had killed, a court heard.
There was also a spider diagram with the words “good” and “evil” in the middle, the judges were told.
The 16-year-old is accused along with the boy, who were both 15 at the time of Brianna's murder, at Culcheth Linear Park near Warrington, Cheshire, on February 11.
The pair, called Girl X and Boy Y because of their ages, are said to have been fascinated by torture, violence and death.
Both deny the murder of Brianna, who was transgender, and blamed each other.
The note – titled “Saturday, February 11, 2023. Victim: Brianna Ghey” – was found next to notes about serial killers including Jeffrey Dahmer, Richard Ramirez and Harold Shipman.
Brianna's blood was found on Boy Y's sneakers and black ski jacket, and on a hunting knife found in his bedroom at his home, the jury was told.
A crumpled note – captioned 'Saturday, February 11, 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 told.
“It is clear, the prosecutor says, a plan to kill Brianna Ghey,” Deanna Heer KC told jurors last week as she opened the prosecution case.
Yesterday, jurors were told the note was found on the floor of her bedroom when a list of agreed facts was read out at the end of the prosecution case.
The note is written in blue ink on lined paper and is marked with a small heart and is titled “Saturday, February 11, 2023. Victim Brianna Ghey.”
The word 'plan' was written and underlined underneath.
It read: 'Meet [Boy Y] at wooden posts 1 p.m. Walk to the library and bus stop.
“Wait until Brianna gets off the bus, then the three of us will walk to Linear Park. Go to the pipe/tunnel area.
'I say code word against [Boy Y]. He stabs her in the back while I stab her in the stomach.
'[Boy Y] drags the body to the area. We both cover the area with logs etc.”
Notes about serial killers including Jeffrey Dahmer, Richard Ramirez and Harold Shipman were also found in a black Pukka notebook when police searched Girl X's home, the jury at Manchester Crown Court was told.
Handwritten notes also include words such as forgiveness, justice, suffering, punishment, sin and free will.
A spider diagram was drawn with the words good and evil in the middle.
There was also a list of 'good and evil' and below that were columns headed 'Christian' and one headed 'Sikh'.
Describing the contents of the notebook, junior prosecutor Cheryl Mottram said: “We have types of serial killers.”
She said they were listed under the headings “organized, disorganized, organized and disorganized, crime wave, mass murderer, psychopathic sexual sadist, deprivation of liberty, psychotic, organized 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 cubbyhole in the bedroom.
This was headlined: “Friday, November 11, Attitudes Towards Forgiveness.”
Ms Mottram said there were two names on it, including Gee Walker, the mother of murdered teenager Anthony Walker, who was killed in a racist attack in Liverpool in 2005.
The note said she “forgave her son Anthony's murderer.”
Brianna suffered insurmountable injuries to her head, neck, chest, back and sides during the 'sustained and violent attack'
The other was Julie Nicholson, whose note said she could not forgive 'the terrorists who murdered her daughter Jenny', who was killed in the London Underground bombings.
She said there were three handwritten notes on the floor.
One listed a series of facts about serial killers and their characteristics, including “hedonic,” “mutilation,” “sexually predatory behavior” and “can be superficially charming.”
There was also a second plan detailing a proposed assassination.
It read: 'Give her alcohol and sleeping pills, slit her throat – I will kill her.
'Dissect the body and put the pieces in garbage bags, bury the bags two meters underground.
“Let her go to Linear Park [where Brianna was found dead]. Someone jump out and stop her, and then I'll kill her.'
Previously, a bloodstain expert was accused by Boy Y's lawyer 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 bloodstains found on Boy Y's ski jacket could be explained by him wearing it while near a source of Brianna's airborne blood.
Traces of her blood were also found on a hunting knife – believed to be the murder weapon – found during searches, as well as on the trainers he was wearing.
She was cross-examined yesterday by Richard Littler QC, who suggested it was possible the knife was not the murder weapon but that Brianna's blood had gotten on it 'some other way'.
Ms Roughley said other tissue on the blade also suggested the knife was used to wound Brianna.
The scientist was asked why only two bloodstains from Boy Y's trainer were tested for Brianna's DNA.
“Due to financial constraints, it is not always possible to examine every single exhibit,” she replied.
She accepted that bloodstains on the trainers that had not been tested could have come from Boy Y or someone else.
Brianna on her last bus journey to Culcheth before she was found stabbed to death in Linear Park
Mr Littler suggested that the blood found on the front of Boy Y's left trainer could have come from him standing next to Brianna's body. The teen told police he had gone to urinate and when he returned, he found Girl X had stabbed her “at least three times.”
Boy Y claims he then bent down to check on Brianna.
Ms Roughley said: 'If it is accepted that Boy Y approached Brianna in the position she was in in the body-worn footage, I see no way how blood could have dripped from her onto the toe of the shoe.'
Mr Littler said Boy Y claimed he went to Brianna's body and put his hands on her.
Ms Roughley accepted that blood could transfer from his hands to his jacket.
Mr Littler also asked whether any “wet blood” from the knife could have been transferred to his jacket if he had put it in his clothes.
“Yes, that's right,” she replied.
Mr Littler suggested that the expert was trying to reconcile a theory put into her mind by others with the evidence.
She replied, “I disagree.
“My interpretation was based on the scientific findings prior to any statements made by other individuals.”
A second bloodstain analysis expert called by Boy Y's defense said she disagreed with some of Ms Roughley's conclusions.
Joanne Millington highlighted the fact that Ms Roughley was only given access to the crime scene two days after the stabbing.
She said the delay was “extremely unfortunate”, adding: “The golden rule is to get that evidence examined as quickly as possible.”
Ms Millington said she did not agree that bloodstains on one of Boy Y's trainers indicated it had come into 'forceful contact' with a sample of Brianna's wet blood.
She said she concluded that the bloodstains on Boy Y and his clothing could not help tell whether he was the attacker or simply someone who stood over Brianna's body after she was attacked.
“The bloodstains could have occurred in either scenario,” she added.
The process continues.