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Katie Rough Death: Teenage Girl Pleads Not Guilty To Murder

The seven-year-old was found with severe lacerations to her head and chest and died last month.

16/02/2017 12:31 GMT | Updated 16/02/2017 12:42 GMT

A teenager has denied the murder of seven-year-old Katie Rough.

Katie was found with severe lacerations to her neck and chest on a playing field in York last month and died later in hospital.

The teenager was arrested after Katie was found injured and charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon, a knife.

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Katie Rough suffered severe lacerations to her neck and chest 

The 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared for the second time at Leeds Crown Court on Thursday via video link, as her solicitor confirmed the not guilty plea. She also denied a second charge of possession of an offensive weapon, namely a knife. 

She did not speak and nodded when asked if she understood the court proceedings.

Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC, announced the trial will take place on 3 July as members of Katie’s family listened to the proceedings.

There was no application for bail and she was remanded into youth detention accommodation.

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Katie's coffin leaves York Minster following a funeral service

On Monday, hundreds of mourners donned rainbow-coloured accessories to celebrate Katie’s life at her funeral at York Minster.

Around 400 people packed into the cathedral for a service led by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.

Dr Sentamu told the congregation that he sat with Katie’s coffin overnight after realising she would be alone following a family service at his Bishopthorpe Palace residence.

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Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu during the funeral of Katie

Mourners wore bright scarves and ties and a number of young children wore rainbow-coloured hair bows after they were asked by Katie’s parents to dress formally but with a colourful twist.

A number of family members gave tearful Bible readings and Katie’s uncle, Steven Rough, paid tribute to his niece.

He said: “We should focus on how happy she made us when she was in our lives.”

Rough described “daddy’s girl” Katie’s love of the outdoors and reading, particularly poetry and Dr Seuss, and talked about her family’s memories.

He said: “Her family were her world.”