Eltiona Skana Wiki – Eltiona Skana Biography
Eltiona Skana is the woman who killed seven-year-old Emily Jones in a Bolton park on Mother’s Day.
Police have released a picture of Skana. She suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, cut the child across the neck with a craft knife she had bought earlier in the day, a jury was told last week.
She is 30 years old.
Emily Jones Murder
Emily Jones was stabbed on 22 March 2020, at Queen’s Park in Bolton, Greater Manchester, while riding her scooter and died shortly afterward. Eltiona Skana, a 30-year-old Albanian woman unknown to the Jones family, was arrested on the scene and subsequently charged with murder.
The Jones family were at Queen’s Park in Bolton on 22 March 2020, which was Mother’s Day in the United Kingdom. The police coroner’s officer Rebecca Gardner described the attack, “Emily was on her scooter playing. As she rode past a wooden bench, a female sat on the bench suddenly attacked Emily, stabbing her in the neck, causing catastrophic injury.
Emily was taken to Salford Royal Hospital, but despite best efforts to save Emily her death was diagnosed at 15.56 hours that day.” Coroner Alan Walsh stated, “In my 20 years as a coroner this is one of the most tragic deaths that I have dealt with.”
Eltiona Skana Early Life
She had come into the UK in 2014, traveling from her home country of Albania through Germany, in a trip arranged by one of her sisters, the court heard.
She applied to the Home Office for asylum and was initially rejected, before being given leave to stay in this country until 2024.
Since her attack on Emily, Skana has been a patient at Rampton Hospital – a high-security facility in Nottinghamshire – and has appeared via video link through the majority of the trial proceedings.
She was present in court to receive her sentence today (Tuesday) but was flanked by court officers.
Skana was found not guilty after a seven-day trial at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court ended with the prosecution telling jurors it would no longer pursue a murder charge.
She was sentenced today (Tuesday) at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court after pleading guilty to manslaughter at an earlier hearing.
She was given a life sentence, with a minimum term of 8 years, but will be detained in hospital and only be sent to prison if her treatment allows it.
Judge Mr. Justice Wall told her: “What this means is that you will be detained in hospital until no longer necessary. If or when it’s no longer necessary you will be released to prison.”
If Skana is never fit to be released to prison she will remain in treatment at the hospital indefinitely.