Chilling clip shows police arrest killer moments after she slit 7-year-old girl’s throat

Chilling clip shows police arrest killer moments after she slit 7-year-old girl’s throat

 

Paranoid schizophrenic Eltiona Skana is arrested by police as a horrified bystander utters the words “I think she’s killed someone”.

In chilling footage shared after her sentencing for the death of schoolgirl Emily Jones today, Skana can be seen looking wild-eyed and bewildered as she admits having a knife in her bag.

A judge today said Skana may never be released as Greater Manchester Police brand her a “dangerous offender” who sliced the seven-year-old girl’s throat in a park in March.

In the police bodycam footage, Skana can be seen being apprehended by police moments after she had grabbed Emily in a headlock and sliced her neck open as the little girl sped off from her dad towards her mum on her scooter.

Skana then fled the scene but was chased down by Tony Canty, a brave bystander who had been walking in Queen’s Park, Bolton, with his wife. He detained the killer before police arrived.

Mr Canty knocked Skana to the ground and sat on her until police arrived at the scene and arrested her a short time later.

Today, Skana was given a life sentence with a minimum of eight years, and told she may never be freed.

Passing sentence Mr Justice Wall ordered that Skana serve her sentence at Rampton Hospital and will be subject to restrictions under the Mental Health Act, to only be released if she no longer poses a risk to the public.

The footage shows police approaching Canty and picking Skana up from the ground.

At the start of the footage, an unidentified woman can be heard crying “I think she’s killed someone”.

Skana is then taken by officers towards a van which is parked at the Chorley New Road exit to Queen’s Park.

Skana immediately tells police she has “ID” in her bag.

An officer then puts Skana into the back of the van and asks: “What’s in the backpack, your ID?”

She replies: “Yes and a knife.”

While this was happening Emily was being treated by paramedics a few hundred yards away with strangers and her parents desperately trying to help.

CCTV footage captured Skana’s movements on the day of the crime, as she walks around town, including a shopping centre.

The prosecution alleged she bought the knife used in the killing that day before selecting her victim in the park.

Senior Investigating Officer Duncan Thorpe, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “This was an absolutely devastating incident that has left Emily’s parents and family completely heartbroken and I know it sent shockwaves across the country as everyone mourned the loss of this innocent little girl.

“Emily was taken from her family and friends in the worst possible way. No sentence can ever undo what happened on that awful day in March, but Emily’s spirit will live on in her family and I know that she will never be forgotten.”

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said today: “Skana has been sentenced under the Mental Health Act 2003 and has been deemed a dangerous offender so will need to be medically assessed before being considered for release.

“On Sunday 22 March 2020, 7-year-old Emily Jones was riding her scooter through Queen’s Park with her father, Mark when she began scooting towards her mother, Sarah who was jogging through the park.

“On her journey, Emily was scooting past a bench that Skana was sitting on and completely unprovoked; Skana got up and grabbed Emily before attacking her with a knife and throwing her to the ground.

“Emily’s father immediately ran to her aid whilst Skana fled on foot towards the exit of the park, followed by a member of the public who bravely managed to detain her until police arrived at the scene.

“Emily was rushed to hospital but had tragically sustained an un-survivable neck injury and sadly passed away despite the best efforts of medical professionals and her family.

“Skana has remained in secure facilities ever since this incident.”

Skana was handed a life sentence today, with a minimum of eight years in prison, plus a hospital order.

She will be sent to prison once doctors decide she is in an appropriate state.

If this never happens she will remain in hospital indefinitely.

Emily’s parents Sarah and Mark wrote a moving impact statement in tribute to their daughter. saying: “How can you put into words how you feel about the senseless death of your only child? It is just too difficult to comprehend.

“Emily was the beat in our hearts, the spring in our step and the reason we got up every morning.

“Emily was our beautiful, spirited little girl, a bundle of energy with an infectious personality.

“She was bright and funny, a kind child with not a mean bone in her body.

“Emily loved life and had not a care in the world.

“One smile from Emily and she had her daddy wrapped around her little finger.

“Emily was a loveable child, full of innocence and wonder.

“She was just starting out on her path of life and her future has cruelly been cut so short.

“Our future has also been taken away, how can you enjoy life when the biggest part of it isn’t there anymore?

“We will never see Emily grow and become the wonderful young lady we knew she would become, we will never see her hold her own child in her arms, as we held her.

“Emily brought out something special in everyone who was lucky enough to be in her life.

“The loss of Emily has had a profound and significant impact, not just on her family, but the whole community.

“Emily was someone’s school friend, a play mate and of course a grand daughter and a niece, and she meant something very special and unique to each and every one of them.

“The last 9 months have been spent in limbo.

“We cannot move on, because at this time, we cannot see a future. We can only focus on today, it is literally one day at a time.”

Emily’s parents have created a Go Fund me page in tribute to their daughter to help the local community

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