A 16-year-old girl has been given a life sentence for killing a teenager with an Afro comb.

Rebecca Douglas, who was 15 at the time, spiked 16-year-old Julie Sheriff’s head with the pointed metal handle.

Douglas, who had been sleeping rough at friends’ houses, was ordered to serve a minimum of 10 years after being convicted of murder last month.

The Old Bailey heard that the pintail comb had been taken out of Julie’s red weave hair before being used as a lethal weapon in the attack in Battersea, south London, in May last year.

Julie, of Hackney, east London, never recovered from the swelling and bleeding it caused to her brain and died almost five months later, in September.

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