July 17, 2012 2:43AM
A ROW between two teenage girls ended in death when one plunged a steel Afro comb into the head of the other, British jurors have heard.
Julie Sheriff, 16, lay in a coma for four months before dying without regaining consciousness, the Central Criminal Court or Old Bailey was told on Monday.
She was stabbed in the left temple in broad daylight after she and the 15-year-old had a row about malicious gossip involving boys, said prosecutor Jonathan Turner.
The girl, who is now 16 but cannot be identified for legal reasons, denies murdering Julie, who died on September 21 last year.
Julie suffered a brain injury after being attacked in Battersea, south London, on May 7 last year.
She had been visiting friends in the area and lived with her family in Hackney, east London.
The family moved to Britain in 2006 from Sierra Leone, West Africa, where Julie’s father Raouf was a policeman, to find a better life.
The jury was shown a replica of the black comb with a spiked metal handle.
Turner said a bystander told police he saw the girl take the comb from a large brown handbag.
He allegedly saw her strike Julie’s collarbone without much effect and then plunge it into her skull.
Turner said he heard a sound which he described as like “when you kill a goat back home”.
Turner said the tip of the comb penetrated deep into the brain and Julie was transferred to various hospitals while doctors tried to save her life.
When the girl was arrested, she claimed she had acted in self-defence after taking the comb from Julie.
Turner told the court that the girls knew each other and “actively disliked one another”.
He added: “There seems to have been a row brewing between them as a result of malicious gossip, allegations Julie was making about (the girl) and a boy or boyfriends on various telephonic sites.”
There also appeared to be some “territorial issue”, with the girl asking Julie: “Why are you here?”
A 16-year-old friend of Julie’s described how the other girl got off a bus and an initial conversation turned into “a high-volume dispute”, with each giving as good as she got.
“She remembers a boy being mentioned and (the girl) seemed much more angry and aggressive about things than Julie,” Turner said.
The trial is continuing.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
13395 1859966 65
her path of destiny = 65 = Steel Afro comb.
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