Chelsea Bennett walks free from court
A schoolgirl who admitted stabbing a teenage rival to death in a fight over a boy has walked free from court after being cleared of murder.
Chelsea Bennett, 19, knifed 17-year-old Sian Simpson with a 10-inch blade during a fight between the two rival girl gangs. But she claimed she acted in self-defence.
Yesterday the victim's family erupted in anger, swearing and screaming 'bitch' as Bennett sat shaking and sobbing in the dock after being cleared of murder and manslaughter at the Old Bailey.
Outside court, furious relatives accused the judge of racism, even though race was not an issue in the fight between the black victim and Bennett, who is white.
After Miss Simpson's relatives stormed from court, the Recorder of London, Judge Peter Beaumont QC told jurors: 'Jurors don't chose the cases they try.
'You are given a case to try and you are asked to make important decisions about people you have never seen before.
'You are asked to do so responsibly and carefully and in my judgement you have done so.'