Woman accused of stabbing girl, 7, to death in park on Mother’s Day appears in court
A woman accused of the “random and unprovoked” murder of a seven-year-old girl who was stabbed to death in front her family on Mother’s Day has appeared in court.
Eltiona Skana, 30, has been charged with the murder of Emily Jones, who was stabbed in front of her parents as she played on her scooter during a day out at the park.
Skana, an Albanian national, has also been charged with possession of a bladed weapon in connection with Emily’s death on March 22 this year in Bolton, Greater Manchester.
She appeared via video link at Manchester Crown Court today for a plea and trial preparation hearing.
Her barrister Simon Czoka QC requested that the defendant not be asked to enter a plea at the hearing.
Skana, with her hair in a bun and wearing a white sweater and gilet, did not speak during the brief hearing. She was arrested on suspicion of Emily’s murder.
Emergency services rushed to the scene of the unprovoked attack at Queen’s Park in Bolton at around 2.35pm on Sunday, March 22.
Emily was taken to nearby Salford Royal Hospital, but was pronounced dead at 3.56pm despite the best efforts of medics who fought to save her life.
At the time of her death, her heartbroken parents said: “Emily was seven-years-old, our only child and the light of our lives.
“She was always full of joy, love and laughter.
“Emily had such a cheeky smile and was beautiful inside and out. She had a heart as big as her smile.”
Emily’s father Mark Jones was present in court for the hearing.
A further hearing was scheduled for November 6.
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