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Chilling police bodycam footage shows a woman calmly telling police she has a knife in her bag after fatally slitting the throat of seven-year-old Emily Jones.
Eltiona Skana, 30, has been sentenced to life with a minimum of eight years at Minshull Street Crown Court today after pleading guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
On March 22 this year, Emily was innocently riding her scooter through Queen's Park in Bolton when Skana got up from a bench she was sitting on and grabbed Emily before attacking her with a knife.
Emily's father, Mark, 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 hold her until police arrived.
Emily was rushed to hospital but had tragically sustained an un-survivable neck injury and passed away despite the best efforts of medical professionals and her family.
In police body-worn footage, Skana looks emotionless and she informs police there is a knife in her bag.
As Skana is led in handcuffs to the back of a police van, an officer asks her what's in her bag and she tells him "everything" including her identity documents.
"ID?" asks the officer.
Skana blurts out: "Yes! And the knife!"
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The killer, who has been held in a secure facility ever since, was sentenced under the Mental Health Act 2003 and as a dangerous offender, she will need to be medically assessed before being considered for release.
Emily's parents Sarah and Mark gave an emotional impact statement in tribute to their daughter, writing: "How can you put into words how you feel about the senseless death of your only child?
"It is just too difficult to comprehend.
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"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.
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"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?
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"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 playmate, and of course a granddaughter and a niece, and she meant something very special and unique to each and every one of them.
"The last nine 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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