The paranoid schizophrenic Eltiona Skana, 30, (pictured) was sentenced to a life sentence of at least 8 years. She is locked up in the hospital and only sent to prison if her treatment allows it. She had pleaded guilty to manslaughter for reduced responsibility for the murder of 7-year-old Emily Jones on Mother's Day in Bolton
Police have released footage of the terrifying moment a paranoid schizophrenic was arrested after stabbing a seven-year-old girl to death in a park on Mother's Day.
30-year-old Eltiona Skana was sentenced to life in prison today after she slit Emily Jones's neck with a craft knife.
The young woman was playing on her scooter just before the accidental attack at Queen & # 39; s Park in Bolton.
When the police arrested Skana, who is originally from Albania, they told them she had "ID, knife, water and juice" in her pocket.
Skana was convicted today at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester by a judge who said the case was "chilling".
Emily's family members today described the murder of the seven-year-old as "monstrous". They also paid tribute to their "beautiful, spirited little girl".
Skana had pleaded guilty to manslaughter on a previous court appearance for reduced responsibility – a type of legal defense that involves determining whether a defendant had adequate mental abilities at the time of the crime.
A murder conviction was previously withdrawn by prosecutors who felt the prospect of conviction against Skana – an incurable paranoid schizophrenic – was not realistic.
The 30-year-old was sentenced to a life sentence of at least eight years in a safe hospital today.
She was told she would be detained at Rampton Maximum Security Hospital in Nottinghamshire and will only be sent to prison if her treatment permitted. If Skana can never be released to prison, she will remain in the hospital indefinitely.
Judge Justice Wall said to her, “This means that you will be held in the hospital until it is no longer necessary. When or when it is no longer necessary, you will be released to prison. & # 39;
It comes as police released footage today of the moment Skana was arrested after the "monstrous" attack earlier this year.
The footage can be heard of the "dangerous" killer informing the police that they have "ID, knife, water and juice" in their pocket when they are taken into custody.
This is the moment the 30-year-old was arrested after slitting Emily's neck with a craft knife while playing on her scooter during a random attack at Queen & # 39; s Park in Bolton
The paranoid schizophrenic Skana informs police that she has ID, knife, water and juice in her pocket when they are taken into custody
Police have released recordings of the moment they were taken into custody on March 22nd, following the "monstrous" incident earlier this year
The family described Emily as a "lovable child, full of innocence and wonder" and said they could not enjoy life because "most of the" had been taken away
The testimony of Emily Jones' father read outside the Crown Court on Minshull Street
The statement from Mr Jones said: “How can you put into words how you feel about the senseless death of your only child?
Emily was the beat in our hearts, the spring in our steps and the reason we got up every morning.
Emily was our lovely, spirited little girl. A bundle of energy with an infectious personality.
Emily loved life and did not care about the world.
& # 39; A smile from Emily and she had her dad wrapped around her pinky finger.
Emily was a lovable child, full of innocence and wonder.
“She has just started her life path and her future has been cut so cruelly.
& # 39; Our future has been taken away too. How can you enjoy life when most of it has been taken away?
“We will never see her holding her own child like we held her.
& # 39; The loss of Emily has had a profound and significant impact not just on her family but on the entire community.
& # 39; The last nine months have been left in limbo.
“We cannot continue at the moment. We cannot see a future. It is literally one day at a time.
“We cannot understand how this happened. We want people who hear this statement to understand that this should not have happened.
"How can an innocent child playing in a park be killed in such a violent, monstrous way?"
Emily had visited the park on March 22 of this year with her father Mark Jones and mother Sarah Barnes, who are separated.
The court heard Emily spot her mother jogging through the park, riding up to her, and calling her.
But Emily's route took her past Skana, who was sitting on a bench armed with a craft knife.
The knife was part of a pack of three she had bought earlier that day.
Skana stood up when Emily passed on her scooter, grabbed her in a headlock and slit her throat in one motion before throwing her to the ground.
During the attack, Skana, who has lived in the UK since 2014, yelled, "She tried to kill me." She then ran away, but a passerby was able to hold her until the police arrived.
The judge, Mr. Justice Wall, ordered Skana to serve at least eight years of her life sentence.
But on the terms of the sentence, she is being held at Rampton Hospital until she is deemed good enough to spend the remainder of the time in prison.
Describing Emily's murder as a "terrifying" case, the judge said the effects of what Skana did will "last forever" for both her parents and those who knew her.
The judge said "there was no other obvious reason" for what Skana was doing, and he accepted that Skana's insanity had caused her to kill Emily.
However, considering Skana's mental health, he said, "This outbreak of severe violence was not an isolated incident."
He said that he felt it was necessary to punish her as she had "a significant amount of guilt" for her actions for buying the knives beforehand, waiting in the park to attack Emily, and then trying to to hide her identity by pulling up her hood before she runs away.
He added, “However, I must continue to conclude that I must treat you as a dangerous perpetrator. This is because you are sure to be at high risk of causing serious harm to other people in the future by committing other specific crimes.
"I come to this conclusion on the basis of the facts of the case, your history of violence, the contents of the medical reports, and on the basis that you will not recover from your condition, which could easily become violent again."
The judge also commended Emily's family for the "utmost dignity" they had shown throughout the trial, saying the case's conclusion "would not in itself bring relief" but "remove one of the obstacles" to dealing with that Explain what happened.
Emily Jones & # 39; father Mark (now in court after conviction and left with Emily) was in court when Skana was handed a life sentence today
Minshull Crown Court in Manchester heard Emily (pictured) spot her mother jogging around the park, riding up to her and calling her
Emily Jones' father, Mark, was pictured hugging supporters and family friends in court after the verdict was pronounced
In a victim impact statement read in court earlier today, Emily's family said they couldn't put into words the loss of their only child and described it as "the reason we got up every morning." Pictured: Father Mark is leaving the court today
What is "diminished responsibility" in UK law?
"Reduced responsibility" in British law is a "partial defense" of the murder crime.
Partial defenses are different from full defenses like self-defense in that they carry all of the ingredients of murder. However, when successfully argued, you reduce the crime to an act of voluntary manslaughter, not murder.
There is a four-step test in which all four elements must be demonstrated:
– Whether the defendant suffered from mental dysfunction.
– If so, whether it is a recognized disease
– If so, whether this has significantly impaired his ability to understand the nature of his behavior or to make rational judgments or to exercise self-control (or a combination thereof).
– If so, whether it provided an explanation for his behavior
In a statement of the aftermath of the victim read in court today, Emily's parents said they couldn't put into words the loss of their only child, describing it as "the reason we got up every morning".
They asked the court how their "innocent child" could be killed while playing in such a "violent and monstrous way" in a park.
They said, “How can you put into words how you feel about the senseless death of your only child? Emily was the beat in our hearts, the spring in our steps and the reason we got up every morning.
Emily was our lovely, spirited little girl. A bundle of energy with an infectious personality. Emily loved life and did not care about the world. & # 39;
They described Emily as a "lovable child, full of innocence and wonder" and said they could not enjoy life because "most of the" had been taken away.
"The last nine months have been left in limbo," they added. & # 39; We can't move right now. We can't see the future.
“We can only concentrate on this day, it is one day at a time. We can't understand how that happened. We want people who hear this statement to understand that this shouldn't have happened.
"How can an innocent child playing in a park be killed in such a violent and monstrous way in a park?"
Skana pleaded guilty to reduced responsibility but was charged with Emily's murder.
On the seventh day of their trial, the jury was told that the prosecution was dropping the case. Prosecutor Michael Brady QC alleged there was no realistic prospect of conviction.
Emily's grandparents (pictured in front and right), the parents of Mark Jones, along with other family friends, visited Minshull Street Crown Court to try Eltiona Skana, 30
As a result, Justice Wall ordered the jury not to find Skana guilty of murder.
The prosecution's decision came after Dr. John Crosby, a counseling psychiatrist, had told the court that Skana had a partial defense against murder because she suffered from an abnormality in mental functioning that was likely to have severely impaired rational judgment and self-control.
He said she felt "threatened" and was having a psychotic episode at the time of the murder.
When asked if Skana could have attacked Emily, he said, “In my opinion it could have been anyone who came in contact with her at this point. There is no evidence that Emily Jones was chosen for any reason. & # 39;
Other psychiatric experts had told the jury that Skana had a history of mental illness, was a paranoid schizophrenic, and had killed Emily in a psychotic episode.
But prosecutors claimed she was using her health problems as an excuse and planned to kill.
Skana had previously been incarcerated in psychiatric hospitals three times in 2015, 2017, and 2018 but was then deemed good enough to be released into the community.
Emily's walk through the park to her mother's took her past Skana, who was sitting on a bench and armed with a craft knife that was part of a three-pack she'd bought earlier that day
Incidents followed in which she stabbed her mother in the hand and hit her on the head with an iron and threatened her sister.
In a third incident, she went to a friend – possibly armed with a knife – and asked about her 13-year-old daughter.
Skana was never prosecuted for any of the incidents.
Despite being denied asylum in 2018, Skana appealed and was given permission to stay in the UK until last month.
She had applied for asylum when she entered the UK in 2014, but three years later she told doctors that her claim of being a victim of trafficking was a lie.
After Emily was killed, she was jailed under the Mental Health Act and admitted to Rampton Hospital.
When asked about the murder, she had said to a clinician, "It was deliberate, I waited in a park and selected my victims, I did what I did and then tried to run away."
However, a forensic psychiatrist treating Skana announced that the interview took place at a time when she was not taking her medication and therefore suffered from psychosis.
When cross-examined by Simon Csoka QC, who was defending Skana, Dr. Saifullah Syed Afghan admits that Skana became psychotically violent when she did not take her medication.
Skana had blamed the psychosis for Emily's murder and said that she heard "voices that day".
Mark Jones, who arrived at Minshull Street Crown Court today, was in court when the family's victims' impact statement was read in court
She also believed that her mental illness was due to the treatment she had received since arriving in the UK, and told Dr. Afghan, she was "completely normal" beforehand.
The court overheard her injecting antipsychotics every month since 2017.
Skana told medics that this drug had made her mental health worse and she started taking pills instead of injections as it made them less paranoid.
But Dr. Victoria Sullivan, who treated Skana in a moderate psychiatric unit in Manchester after her arrest, said the defendant's sister, Klestora, told them she hadn't taken her antipsychotics before the attack.
And when the police raided her home in Bolton after she was arrested, they found a supply of unused antipsychotics.
According to the jury, Skana had no personal contact with her psychiatric staff from mid-December last year until March 11.
Skana, previously videolinked from Rampton Hospital, appeared in the dock flanked by hospital staff.
The psychiatrist Dr. Helen Whitworth, who wrote a preliminary report, said Skana had "hushed up" the symptoms of her illness, avoided her medication and demonstrated a "lack of insight" into her sanity.
She said this was "very common" behavior among paranoid schizophrenics and that there was "no willful deception" on her part.
Dr. Whitworth said Skana poses "an imminent threat" to the public and would likely require medication for the rest of her life.
The judge asked Dr. Whitworth asked whether Skana knew she had committed an illegal act, and she said the fact that she did such a "horrific act in broad daylight" indicated that she was mentally ill at the time.
Mr Csoka said Skana's insanity was the "driver" behind her murder of Emily and that it was in the public interest to keep her in hospital rather than give her a "hybrid order".
Under hybrid orders, offenders who no longer require treatment for mental disorders can be sent to prison.
Skana's trial also heard harrowing details of the attack on Emily. Emily's father had initially believed she had just fallen off her scooter and was being helped.
Emily's father, Mark, had initially thought she had just fallen off her scooter and was being helped. But he rocked her and tried to comfort her after the attack
But then he heard a woman scream: "She was stabbed".
Mr. Jones saw Skana run away and when he went to Emily he saw that she was bleeding from the neck and tried to comfort her.
A member of the public handed him his shirt to stop the flow of blood from Emily's neck. A woman who is known to be a trained nurse provided first aid, and at that point Mr. Jones was "hectic".
Then came Emily's & # 39; heartbroken & # 39; She and Mother saw paramedics called to the scene to rescue Emily.
But Emily had suffered cardiac arrest and was flown to Salford Royal Hospital, where she was pronounced dead just before 4 p.m.
A witness had previously seen a woman in the park – fitting Skana's description – with a "blank" expression and an "excited" look.
Another had seen her stab Emily, who had held her throat as she was pushed to the ground.
Skana ran away, but a brave passerby, Tony Canty, caught up with her and threw her to the ground. He sat on her until the police arrived and Skana chatted about "injections", the "home office" and "pigs".
Skana also repeated, "She tried to kill me," claiming that Mr. Canty killed Emily.
At the beginning of the hearing, the judge said he had become aware of "two matters of concern" which had led to a "serious" contempt for court issues.
The first was to post details of the lawyers' contact details on social media and he would inform the Attorney General in due course.
The second was photos of Skana taken in court, which were also posted on social media. The police are currently investigating this matter.
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