Judge to rule today on whether media can name Spalding's killer teenage couple who murdered mother and daughter

A judge is due to rule today on whether a teenage couple detained for life for murdering a Spalding mother and daughter can be named in media reports.

Thursday, 8th December 2016, 8:48 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 1:40 pm
Katie Edwards
Katie Edwards

The boy and girl - both 14 at the time of the murders - had sex, shared a bath and watched vampire-themed films after the stabbing of dinner lady Elizabeth Edwards, 49, and 13-year-old Katie Edwards.

Both killers were handed 20-year minimum terms at Nottingham Crown Court last month by Mr Justice Haddon-Cave, who said the pair had a “toxic” relationship and had acted in a “grotesque” way.

The court was told the boy, who admitted murder, used a kitchen knife to stab both victims in the neck after attacking them as they slept at their home in April.

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Liz Edwards

His girlfriend, who helped to plan the “cold, calculated and callous” killings, denied murder, claiming to be suffering a mental abnormality which impaired her ability to form rational judgments, but was found guilty after a five-day trial.

Mr Justice Haddon-Cave is due to rule on an application to lift reporting restrictions at a hearing in London later today.

Liz Edwards