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Monday, 29 December 2008

The Murder of Rosie Ross

On 12 May 2001, 16-year-old Rosie Ross was murdered in Birmingham City Centre.

Inderjit Kainth, a paranoid schizophrenic, stabbed Rosie to death in a busy city square.

In court, Kainth, an unemployed, divorced father-of-five, said he was being persecuted by Birmingham education authority. The authority, he said, had ruined a relationship he had with a girlfriend whilst at primary school. Kainth reasoned that the only way he could save himself from further 'persecution' was to kill a woman.

The court was told that Rosie, a 'pretty and popular schoolgirl,' was lying on a wall sunbathing in the city's Centenary Square when Kainth sat down beside her and stabbed her in the stomach.

Chris Millington QC, prosecuting said:

"After the attack the defendant was taken to a police station. He seemed relieved by what he had done. He said he had come into the city with his dagger of revenge."

Consultant forensic psychologist, Edward Silver, said:

"When we spoke to his family we were told he had been walking around swearing and laughing to himself months before the attack."

Kainth pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The judge said he would only be released if the Home Secretary or a mental health review panel deemed it suitable.

Now that is reassuring.

No MP has ever mentioned Rosie in the House of Commons.

16-year-old Rosie is pictured here alongside an Asian immigrant who murdered her to save himself from 'persecution.'

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