Crawley teen pleads guilty to manslaughter

A 15-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to manslaughter of a man in Crawley.

Wednesday, 14th July 2021, 6:03 pm
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The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Nimroy Hendricks in the town on October 27 last year, police confirmed.

She appeared at Bristol Crown Court on July 12 charged with murder and the crown accepted her plea to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, police say.

According to police, as a result of expert medical opinion, it was accepted that at the time of the offence, the girl was suffering from ‘a significant abnormality of mind’.

She was remanded for pre-sentencing reports and the case was adjourned for sentencing to a date yet to be set by the court, police say.

Mr Hendricks, 24, died in Russell Way after being found with a stab wound to the chest.

Detective chief inspector Andy Wolstenholme, from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said, “The death of Nimroy Hendricks is heart-breaking, and the whole circumstances of this case are both complex and tragic; our thoughts are with everyone affected by the loss of Nim.

“The acceptance of the plea for manslaughter was taken in light of all the available evidence from expert witnesses, and only after painstaking examination and discussion between counsel, the Crime Prosecution Service, the police and Nim’s family.”