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Two teenagers who tortured and killed a vulnerable woman in their home have been granted lifelong anonymity.
The girls were 13 and 14 when they subjected Angela Wrightson, 39, to a brutal attack in Hartlepool.
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Both were detained for at least 15 years in April 2016.
They were not named at the time due to their age, and an injunction extended anonymity after the age of 18. The High Court upheld the ban on naming the couple on Thursday.
At a hearing in London last year, her lawyer argued that the two teenagers had “identifiable mental disorders” and were “extremely mentally vulnerable”, adding that they would have “a very significant risk” of being attacked if they did their identity would be revealed.
In his decision, Justice Tipples did not allow himself to be persuaded by the arguments based on the threat of attacking others, but he maintained the anonymity orders for reasons of common sense and the risk of self-harm.
Miss Wrightson died after a seven hour seizure.
She was beaten with a shovel, television, coffee table, and barbed stick after the couple broke into their home on Stephen Street in December 2014.
The girls posted a photo on Snapchat where she was smiling with Miss Wrightson in the background photo right before her death.
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In his trial, which identified the youths as D and F, Judge Tipples said the murder “sparked public outrage and repulsion, as well as public concern about how the two young women might commit such brutal murder”.
However, he called it an “exceptional case where the balance is strong in favor” of protecting the couple’s right to remain anonymous.
“The trial was held publicly and fully reported at the time it was carried out. All questions related to this crime are publicly available, with the exception of the identities of D and F.
“From the evidence I have available, I understand that disclosing the applicants’ identities can cause very serious harm to any one of them.
“It is necessary and proportionate to take the necessary precautions to ensure that both identities are protected and not disclosed.”
Lifelong anonymity is so rare that there are only nine convicted offenders in England and Wales with this protection, as well as some of their descendants.
Those granted this exceptional protection include the assassins of Jamie Bulger, who set the test for future warrants, and more recently the youngest British teenager convicted of a terrorist conspiracy.
The law requires the state to take reasonable steps to protect everyone’s right to life. In other words, the offender’s long-term personal safety exceeds the legal rights of the media and the public to identify them.
In Wrightson’s case, there was another very important consideration. A clerk rescued daughter F from suicide during the trial.
Convincing medical evidence from her request for anonymity indicated that if she were named as an adult now, she would commit suicide again.
So, according to the law, it’s the right to life and maybe a chance for rehabilitation, which means that the two young women are never named.
The court was told that D’s mental health “deteriorated” when he decided to move to an adult prison, while F had “a long history of mental health problems”.
Judge Tipples concluded, “I will rule in favor of the plaintiffs and grant permanent interim measures preventing their identification.”
The judgment includes a provision for a “material change in circumstances” review.