Teen charged with murder of Brianna Ghey pleads not guilty

At the case management hearing for the murder of Brianna Ghey, one of the two defendants entered a not-guilty plea.

This article is about the trial for the murder of Brianna Ghey. A photo of a young teen girl called Brianna Ghey wearing glasses and a brown striped jumper.

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One of the two teenagers charged with the murder of Brianna Ghey has pleaded not guilty.

Brianna, a 16-year-old trans girl, was found dead on February 11 in Linear Park, England, with her body discovered with multiple stab wounds. Two local teenagers, a girl and boy both also aged 16, were charged with the murder of Brianna Ghey, and are both currently held in youth detention accommodation. 

At the case management hearing today, July 20, one of the defendants entered a not-guilty plea. The other defendant did not enter a plea. 

Reporting restrictions prevent the defendant who entered the plea from being idenitified, with neither being able to be named because of their age.

Mrs Justice Amanda Yip told the court: “It’s a case in which I know emotions are likely to run high, that’s very understandable. There has been a lot of publicity about it already.

“We’re going to make sure that this case proceeds in a calm manner in court in a way that is going to be entirely fair to everybody.”

A further hearing will be held on October 4, and the trial, expected to last three weeks, is set for November 27.

Brianna’s family described her as “beautiful, witty, and hilarious,” and they said, “The loss of her young life has left a massive hole in our family, and we know that the teachers and her friends who were involved in her life will feel the same.”

After news of the tragic crime broke, hundreds of people attended candlelight vigils in her memory across the UK. The LGBTQ+ community in Ireland also organised events in several cities and towns, turning out in huge numbers carrying photos of the teenager and trans flags to show solidarity with all those affected.

If you have been affected by this story or are looking to reach out to someone for support or advice or just to talk, there are numerous services available for LGBTQ+ people, listed below, and many offer instant messaging support.

LGBT Helplines
The Switchboard
Dublin Lesbian Line
Belong To
Pieta House
Mental Health Ireland
Garda Confidential Line

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