Woman who 'slit seven-year-old girl's throat' has murder charge dropped


Woman who stabbed British schoolgirl, 7, cleared of murder charge over mental illness

A woman who slit the throat of a seven-year-old girl in a park in northwest England has had her murder charge dropped due to mental illness.

Eltiona Skana, 30, stabbed schoolgirl Emily Jones at Queen’s Park in Bolton earlier this year.

The little girl was playing on her scooter while waiting for her mum to finish a jog, local news outlet The Manchester Evening News reports.

Skana was sitting on a nearby bench and grabbed Jones as she rode past, stabbing her in the neck.

She would die in hospital shortly after.

Emily Jones.
Emily Jones. Credit: PA/ The UK Times


Skana was charged over the little girl’s death and pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

However, she pleaded not guilty to a murder charge, citing mental health.

That charge was dropped in court on Friday, the news outlet reported, after a forensic psychiatrist’s testimony.

They said Skana was being treated at a high-security mental health facility for paranoid schizophrenia and there was “no alternative” explanation for the stabbing.

Prosecutor Michael Brady, on withdrawing the charge, said: “It’s a decision taken with care and mindful of the sensitivity of this case.”

A general view of Queen's Park in Bolton.
A general view of Queen's Park in Bolton. Credit: Google Maps

A judge will convict Skana for the manslaughter charge on Tuesday.

The woman moved to the UK from Albania in 2014 and had a history of mental illness.

In separate instances, she stabbed her mother and attacked her sister and has been admitted to psychiatric hospitals three times.

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