A 16-year-old has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of seven-year-old Katie Rough in York in January. The teenage girl appeared via video link at Leeds Crown Court where she pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility.

Seven-year-old Katie was found with severe lacerations to her neck and chest on a playing field in York in January. Katie Rough was found on a track after police were called to an address in Alness Drive, in the Woodthorpe area of York on 9 January, but died in hospital a short while later. The teen wore a black hoodie and sat next to a solicitor who confirmed her name when asked by the judge, Mr Justice Soole.

Nicholas Johnson QC, defending, asked the court if the charge of murder could be put to the girl again and she wrote her plea on a piece of paper. Her solicitor told the court: “I can confirm she has indicated not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter.” Graham Reeds QC, prosecuting, said: “We are going to accept that plea of manslaughter by diminished responsibility.”