Autistic teen tried to stab disabled girl in frenzied knife attack in park

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An autistic teenager has admitted trying to murder a disabled girl during a frenzied knife attack in a park.

The 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, stabbed the girl more than 50 times, a court heard.

He was flanked by an intermediary in the dock at Maidstone Crown Court while five members of the victim’s family attended the 35-minute hearing.

The incident is alleged to have taken place late on July 21 or in the early hours of July 22 this year.

The victim, who was 16 at the time and also cannot be named, was found at 8am on July 22 by a shocked member of the public who called police.

The girl, from Sittingbourne in Kent, was left fighting for her life and had to be rushed to hospital. The pair were known to each other, the court heard.

His lawyer Tana Adkin QC told the court he accepts his guilt.

He was remanded into a specialist unit while the probation service and a psychiatrist prepare reports.

He asked his parents not to attend court because he feels ashamed of what happened, she added.

Judge Philip Statman told him: “This is a very, very grave offence of violence.

“You have pleaded guilty and you must understand today that when you return you are facing a long period in custody.”

When the judge asked him whether he understood this, he replied ‘yes’.

The boy is due be sentenced in February.

Last November, the Old Bailey heard how a mum had "psychotic symptoms" when she allegedly killed her disabled son by shoving a sponge into his mouth.

Dylan Freeman, 10, was found dead inside his family home in Acton, West London, on August 16 after his mum Olga Freeman, 40, reportedly suffocated him next to his toys.

A psychological report referred to in court determined that Freeman – the wife of celebrity photographer Dean – was suffering from a "severe depressive episode with psychotic symptoms" when she killed their son.

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