A woman screamed 'she tried to kill me' as she murdered a seven-year-old girl by slashing her throat in front of her horrified parents in a random attack on Mother's Day, a court heard today.
Eltiona Skana, 30, is accused of murdering Emily Jones after slashing her neck with a craft knife while she played on her scooter.
Emily had visited Queen's Park in Bolton with her father Mark Jones and mother Sarah Barnes on March 22, this year.
Skana - said to have had mental health issues - was sat on bench and armed with a craft knife that was one of a pack of three she'd bought earlier that day from a shop in Bolton town centre, Manchester Crown Court heard.
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Eltiona Skana, 30, is accused of murdering Emily Jones (pictured) after slashing her neck with a craft knife while she played on her scooter
Prior to the attack, which happened around 2.15pm, a woman - believed to be Skana - had been spotted in the park by a witness who described her as as looking 'agitated' and a with 'vacant' look on her face.
Michael Brady QC, prosecuting, told the court that although Emily's mother was no longer in a relationship with her father she'd gone for a run in the park and had arranged to meet both of them there.
Emily, who'd been doing 'laps' on her scooter, spotted her mother in the distance.
She told her father, 'Daddy, daddy. I want to go to mum' and she'd scooted off.
Emily also called out to her mother, who didn't hear her due to distance between them and the fact she was hearing headphones.
Mr Brady said: 'Emily's path towards her mum took her passed the defendant who, as Emily scooted by, grabbed her and in one movement slit her throat with the craft knife and then threw her to the ground.
'There had been no interaction between Emily and the defendant. The wound was unsurvivable and Emily died shortly after.'
Skana, originally from Albania but who's been living in the UK since 2014, ran off still armed with the knife but at some point placed it in her backpack, where it was later recovered.
Mr Brady said a passer-by, Tony Canty, who been out for a walk with his wife and daughter witnessed Skana 'manhandling' and 'screaming' at Emily and pushing her to the ground.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Skana screamed: 'She tried to kill me.'
She then repeated it as she ran past Mr Canty.
Emily had visited Queen's Park in Bolton (pictured, police at the park after the killing) with her father Mark Jones and mother Sarah Barnes on March 22, this year
At that stage, Mr Canty 'had no idea how serous the situation was, he hadn't seen a knife and didn't realise that Emily had been fatally wounded,' Mr Brady said.
But he was 'sufficiently' concerned to run after Skana,