September 7, 2007 / 2:31 PM / 12 years ago

Girl sentenced for killing older sister

LONDON (Reuters) - A 14-year-old girl who killed her older sister with a kitchen knife in an argument over clothes and boyfriends was given a 3-1/2 year custodial sentence on Friday.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of manslaughter by a jury at Bradford Crown Court.

She had stabbed her 16-year-old sister with a kitchen knife at their Halifax home in West Yorkshire in March.

The blade penetrated her sister’s lung and she died a few hours later.

The 14-year-old admitted killing her sister but had denied murder.

She will be held at a secure unit for young offenders.

“Neither the Crown Prosecution Service nor West Yorkshire Police gain any solace from prosecuting a 14 year-old-girl for killing her sister,” said CPS prosecutor Malcolm Christy.

“If, however, anything can be gained from this case, it is its use as an example of the tragic consequences of using knives as weapons”.

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