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Two teenagers who tortured and killed a vulnerable woman in their home have been granted anonymity for life.
The girls were 13 and 14 when they subjected Angela Wrightson, 39, to a brutal attack in Hartlepool.
Both were detained for at least 15 years in April 2016.
They were not named at the time due to their age, and a court order extended their anonymity after age 18. The High Court upheld the ban on naming the couple on Thursday.
At a hearing in London last year, their lawyer argued that the two teenagers had “identifiable mental disorders” and were “extremely mentally vulnerable”, adding that they would have “a very significant risk” of being attacked if they did, their identity would revealed.
In his decision, Judge Tipples was not persuaded by the arguments based on the threat to attack others, but kept the orders of anonymity for reasons of common sense and risk of self-harm.
Miss Wrightson died after a seven hour seizure.
She was beaten with a shovel, a television, a coffee table and a spike stick after the couple broke into their home on Stephen Street in December 2014.
The girls posted a photo on Snapchat of her smiling with Miss Wrightson in the background photo just before her death.
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At his trial, which identified the young women as D and F, Judge Tipples said the murder “sparked public outrage and revulsion, as well as public concern about how the two young women could commit such a brutal murder.”
However, he called it an “exceptional case where the balance is strong in favor” of protecting the couple’s right to remain anonymous.
“The trial was held publicly and was fully reported at the time it took place. All questions related to this crime are publicly available, with the exception of the identities of D and F.
“From the evidence available to me, I understand that revealing the identities of applicants can cause very serious harm to any of them.
“It is necessary and proportionate to take the necessary precautions to ensure that both identities are protected and not disclosed.”
Lifetime anonymity is so rare that there are only nine convicted criminals in England and Wales with this protection, as well as some of their descendants.
Those granted this exceptional protection include the killers of Jamie Bulger, who set the test for future arrest warrants, and more recently the youngest British teenager convicted of a terrorist conspiracy.
The law requires the state to take reasonable steps to protect everyone’s right to life. In other words, the long-term personal safety of the offender exceeds the legal rights of the media and the public to identify them.
In Wrightson’s case, there was another very important consideration. An employee rescued daughter F from suicide during the trial.
Compelling medical evidence from her anonymity request indicated that if she was named as an adult now, she would commit suicide again.
So, according to the law, it is the right to life and maybe a chance for rehabilitation, which means that the two young women will never be named.
The court was told that D’s mental health “deteriorated” when she decided to move to an adult prison, while F had “a long history of mental health problems.”
Judge Tipples concluded: “I will rule in favor of the plaintiffs and grant permanent provisional measures that prevent their identification.”
The ruling includes a provision for a “material change in circumstances” review.