Girl, 7, had throat slit 'by stranger who grabbed her in park as her mum jogged nearby'

A LITTLE girl had her throat slit by a stranger who grabbed her in a park as her mum jogged nearby, a murder trial heard today. 

Emily Jones, 7, was attacked by Eltiona Skana while out with her mum and dad on Mother’s Day earlier this year, jurors were told. 

Little Emily had been brought to Queen's Park in Bolton, Greater Manchester, at around 2.15pm on March 22 by her dad Mark Jones, the court heard.

Moments before the attack, Emily had called out to mum Sarah Barnes, who was running around the park wearing headphones. 

At the same time Skana, originally from Albania, was sat alone on a park bench armed with the knife she had bought earlier that day, jurors at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester were told.

Michael Brady QC, opening the case for the prosecution, told the court: “Emily, oblivious of the defendant, had seen her mother running in the distance and was scooting towards her, some yards ahead of her father.


"As she scooted along, she was heard to call out to her mother who was unable to hear her because of the distance between them and the fact that Ms Barnes had her headphones on.

"Emily's path towards her mum took her past the defendant who, as Emily scooted by, grabbed her and in one movement slit her throat with the craft knife and then threw her to the ground.”

He added: “There had been no interaction between Emily and the defendant.

“The wound was un-survivable and Emily died shortly thereafter.”

Skana then dashed away but Tony Canty and his wife Lynsey, out for a walk in the park with their baby daughter Laurel, spotted the attack, jurors were told.

Mr Canty handed his baby daughter to his wife, ran after Skana, barged her to the ground and straddled her to detain her until cops arrived.

Skana, 30, has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but denies murder.

The trial is scheduled to last around five days.

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