Girl, 15, will spend just 5 years behind bars after stabbing musician to death

A teenage girl will spend just five years of her sentence behind bars after knifing a young musician to death.

Nimroy Hendricks, a musician from West Sussex, was only 24 years old when he was stabbed in Russell Way, Crawley.

He suffered a single stab wound to the chest and despite best efforts from medical teams, he died on October 27, 2020.

The 15-year-old-girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was handed a nine-year sentence when she appeared at Bristol Crown Court on Friday (March 4), SussexLive reports.

However, four years of the sentence will be on extended licence, and the teenager will serve just five in prison.

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The girl appeared in court last July and was charged with murder following an investigation by the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team.

However, medical practitioners later determined the defendant was suffering from a 'significant abnormality of mind', and the Crown accepted a plea of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The young woman was then remanded for pre-sentencing reports before being given a nine-year sentence.

The girl will spend the final four years on extended license, meaning spending only five behind bars.

Detective Chief Inspector of Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team Andy Wolstenholme said: "The death of Nimroy Hendricks is heart-breaking, and the whole circumstances of this case are both complex and tragic; our thoughts are with everyone affected by the loss of Nim.

"The acceptance of the plea for manslaughter was taken in light of all the available evidence from expert witnesses, and only after painstaking examination and discussion between Counsel, the CPS, the Police, and Nim's family.

"I know that Nim's family will never get over the devastating loss of a man who was so peaceful, selfless and caring.

"He was a talented musician who loved life, and whose death was the tragic result of a knife taken from home, in hands and a location where it never should have been.

"Those short moments have had an immeasurable effect on so many people who loved Nim, and many more who have heard his story and despaired at another death involving a knife.

"If you have information about individuals or groups carrying knives in Sussex or anywhere, please tell the police and prevent another family suffering the unimaginable pain that the loss of Nim has caused."

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