A 15-year old girl is on trial for killing her enemy with a steel afro comb. The girl allegedly attacked the other young lady because she was spreading gossip about her, according to police. Authorities are saying that the girl stabbed the comb into the skull of Julie Sheriff, a 16-year old girl who happened to be the daughter of a police officer.
The girls lived in London, and Julie was in a coma for 19 weeks. She never regained consciousness and eventually died in the hospital. The girl’s family moved to London from Sierra Leone, West Africa, where her father was a police officer.
“What lay behind this antagonism, the crown cannot say with any certainty,” said prosecutor Jonathan Turner.
“But there seems to have been a row brewing between them over certain allegations that Julie had been making about the defendant, and some boyfriend or boyfriends of hers.”
Police say that the alleged killer saw the other girl in her territory and confronted her. That’s when the incident took place.
The noise when the girl allegedly hit Julie was “like the noise it makes when we kill a goat back home,” according to a boy who witnessed the killing.
“He described [the 16 year-old] as reaching into her bag and pulling out a pin-tail comb and stabbing Julie with it not once but twice,” Turner said.
“The first one was to Julie’s collarbone, but it barely penetrated, and it was the second blow that went into her making a noise, he said, like a noise it makes when we kill a goat back home.”
Right after the attack, Julie said that her head was sore, and that’s when she collapsed. Her brain had begun to swell and she fell into a coma. She went through several surgeries and succumbed to cardiac arrest on September 21.
When police came to arrest the girl who allegedly committed the crime, she is accused of giving them a false name.
“Is it about the fight yesterday? I don’t think I did anything wrong,” she allegedly said.
Police then searched her bag and found the metal comb that was allegedly used in the murder. The comb only had her DNA on it.
“This does not necessarily preclude it from being the murder weapon,” said Turner. “After all, she had a couple of days to wash it clean.”
The girl on trial has stated that she feared for her life and that the other girl was trying to attack her. But it’s hard to tell if prosecutors or jurors are buying it. It’s her word against a dead girl.