Teenager given life sentence for killing with comb

A teenager, who killed another teenager with a pintail comb, has been sentenced at the Old Bailey to life imprisonment.

Rebecca Douglas, 16, of no fixed address was ordered to serve a minimum of ten years after she was found guilty of murdering 16-year-old Julie Sheriff on 7th May 2011 in Falcon Road, SW11.

Rebecca Douglas stabbed Julie Sheriff on the left-hand side of her head with the metal end of a pintail comb

Douglas stabbed Julie on the left-hand side of her head with the metal end of a pintail comb.

Following the assault, Julie, who was from Hackney, remained unconscious until she sadly died in hospital on 21st September 2011.

A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as head injuries with associated complications.

The court heard that on the day she was assaulted, Julie was in Falcon Road with a friend when they were approached by Douglas who was just 15 years old at the time.

An argument between the two girls ensued and during this argument Julie received what was to be a fatal blow to the left-hand side of her head.

Witnesses describe no physical contact between the two teenagers until Douglas struck Julie causing her to fall to the ground.

Douglas was initially arrested on 9th May 201 and charged with causing GBH. Following Julie’s death she was re-arrested and charged with murder.

The late Julie Sheriff

During the course of the investigation voice notes were downloaded from her mobile telephone and later used as evidence in court. In one of the recordings she is heard to say: “Seen some girls that I hate with a passion and I stabbed her. She knows my name – I’m going to go to the hospital and suffocate her.”

Detective Chief Inspector Nick Scola, Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: “The violent actions of Rebecca Douglas, just 15 years at the time, has devastated a family and taken a young life. Our thoughts remain with Julie’s family at this difficult time.”