JURORS in the trial of two youths accused of murdering Brianna Ghey have been sent out to deliberate.

It comes in the fourth week of the trial of two 16-year-olds, aged 15 at the time of the offence, referred to only as girl X, from Warrington, and boy Y, from Leigh.

They were sent out this morning, Wednesday, by trial judge Justice Amanda Yip on day 18 of the trial.

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Brianna died aged 16 after being stabbed with a hunting knife 28 times in her head, neck, chest and back in Culcheth Linear Park on the afternoon of February 11.

Both defendants, who cannot be named due to their age, deny murdering the transgender Birchwood schoolgirl and are blaming each other for Brianna’s death.

Both say their backs were turned when the other defendant began stabbing Brianna.

Justice Yip previously told the jury: “On the facts of the case and the evidence before you, they can’t both be telling the truth.”

Giving legal directions to jurors after the prosecution and defence cases concluded, she added: “The defendants are each charged with Brianna Ghey’s murder.

“The prosecution case is that they acted together to bring about her death and both intending that she should be killed.

“Each defendant says that the other defendant is the person who stabbed Brianna and was not expecting or wanting Brianna to be killed.

“You should approach the evidence calmly and dispassionately. You must not be influenced by any emotional reaction or sympathy for anyone involved.”

The trial has heard both defendants had a fascination for violence, torture and murder and had planned the killing for weeks, it is alleged.

Jurors heard girl X enjoyed watching internet torture and killing material from the “dark web” and had an interest in serial killers.

The jury was also shown an alleged “murder plan” on how to kill Brianna, along with phone messages girl X and boy Y exchanged, including a “kill list” of other children they planned to harm.

Girl X has said she enjoyed “dark fantasies” but had no intention to ever turn them into reality.

Meanwhile, boy Y said he went along with them and did not take them seriously.

Both say they never expected the other to act on them.

Cheshire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service remind everyone that criminal proceedings against both defendants are active, and that they have the right to a fair trial.

It is extremely important that there should be no commenting or sharing of information or speculation which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.

Due to their age, reporting restrictions are in place for both defendants, entitling them to anonymity, as well as other children involved in the evidence.