Brianna Ghey's teenage killers named by UK court

16-year-old Brianna Ghey was stabbed 28 times in a park on February 11th last year
Jack Quann
Jack Quann

14.59 2 Feb 2024

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Brianna Ghey's teenage killers...

Brianna Ghey's teenage killers named by UK court

Jack Quann
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14.59 2 Feb 2024

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The two teenagers found guilty of murdering 16-year-old Brianna Ghey in the UK have been named as Scarlett Jenkinson and Eddie Ratcliffe for the first time.

They were just 15 when they lured Brianna to a park in the English village of Culcheth where she was stabbed 28 times in her head, neck and back with a hunting knife on February 11th last year.

The pair, who are now both 16, were known throughout their trial as 'Girl X' and 'Boy Y', but a judge lifted the anonymity order at Manchester Crown Court today.


Jenkinson was jailed for at least 22 years and Ratcliffe for a minimum of 20 years. They will be transferred to adult prisons when they turn 18.

After victim impact statements were read out this morning, Judge Mrs Justice Amanda Yip called a short break after saying you "could feel the emotion in the room".

Scarlett Jenkinson and Eddie Ratcliffe's mugshots. Scarlett Jenkinson and Eddie Ratcliffe's mugshots. Image: Cheshire Police

Speaking to the media Brianna's father, Peter Spooner called the teenagers a "pair of monsters", adding: "If I'm honest, I hate them.

"They're just evil for what they've done and I don't think they'll ever change. They'll always be monsters. And that's what they are to me."

But Mr Spooner said he had changed his mind on Jenkinson and Ratcliffe being named - and that he now disagreed with the judge's decision to identify them.

"At first, I thought they should be named. Why should they be protected? People should know who they are. Now, I think their names are always going to be tied to Brianna's all the time," he said.

"I think they should just be forgotten about, locked up and not be spoken about again. They're nothing."

'No red flags'

Jenkinson and Ratcliffe have been friends since they were 11 and went to school together.

Jenkinson was sent to the secondary school where Brianna was a student, on a managed transfer after she was caught with cannabis edibles, it is understood.

Their headteacher Emma Mills described her as "quiet, shy and polite" and said "there were no red flags" to indicate she would go on to kill "larger than life" Brianna, from Birchwood, around 10 weeks after she came to the school.

The girls first met in the inclusion room, where Brianna, who was transgender, was taught, and Jenkinson went for a few hours a week because the school couldn't match her previous timetable.

"We weren't really aware in terms of a friendship as such but the fact that they knew each other, there must've been some sort of friendship there, and it just makes it even more horrific," said Ms Mills.

"It's hard to believe that anybody would do this to somebody, never mind a child to another child, and especially somebody that it appears Brianna trusted."

'Kill list'

Their trial heard the teens were obsessed with violence, torture and death, compiled a "kill list" - including Brianna and four other children - and exchanged thousands of texts and WhatsApp messages discussing their plans.

Jenkinson watched torture and murder videos on the dark web, called herself a "Satanist" and talked of her fascination with serial killers.

Ms Mills said she was shocked at the ease with which such "dark and sinister" material was obtained and concerned that children can access the dark web.

Jenkinson saved Ratcliffe's number in her phone under the name "Tesco John Wick" because she saw him as a cut-price version of Keanu Reeves' hitman character from the film.

Ratcliffe trained in kickboxing and even competed in the World Kickboxing Championships in Jamaica in 2018.

The court heard he had an interest in knives, and he admitted he "admired the craftsmanship" of the weapon used to kill Brianna.

Both claimed in court that their back was turned when the other stabbed Brianna, but the jury found them both guilty of murdering her in what prosecutors described as a "frenzied and ferocious" attack.

Reporting by: IRN

Main image: Brianna Ghey. Image: Cheshire Police

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