Ellie Gould murder: Teenager Thomas Griffiths admits ‘violent’ killing of A-level student – Sky News
A 17-year-old boy has appeared in court to plead guilty to murdering A-level student Ellie Gould in her own home.
Thomas Griffiths admitted killing the teenager during a hearing at Bristol Crown Court on Thursday morning.
He was named after the lifting of reporting restrictions that previously barred the media from identifying him.
Judge Peter Blair said Griffiths, who will be sentenced on 8 November, had admitted an “extremely grave crime”.
Year 12 pupil Ellie, 17, died from multiple stab wounds at her family home in Calne, Wiltshire, on 3 May.
Griffiths, of Derry Hill, Wiltshire, spoke only to confirm his name and reply “guilty” when the murder charge was put to him.
He had initially denied having seen Ellie that day, or in the days before her death.
Speaking after the hearing, temporary detective chief inspector Jim Taylor said: “Ellie was murdered as a result of a violent attack.
“Ellie was in her first year of sixth form and was looking forward to the next steps in her education.
“Her parents have told me that she was considering a career in the police and had been looking into attending university.
“The options available to Ellie were endless but her hopes and dreams will now sadly never be realised.”
DCI Taylor added: “While I am pleased that Ellie’s family will not have to endure a lengthy trial process in court which would have caused them further distress, I know just how difficult this whole period has been for them.
“They should have been enjoying the school holidays with their daughter, but instead, they are coming to terms with the fact she has been cruelly taken away from them in unthinkable circumstances.”
Ellie’s family previously described the keen horse rider and animal-lover as “fun-loving and a joy to be around”.
They added: “We would like Ellie to be remembered as a kind, caring young lady with a wonderful, fun personality.”
Lisa Percy, headteacher of Hardenhuish School in Chippenham, where Ellie attended, said pupils and staff were “absolutely devastated” by her death.
“Ellie was an extremely popular student in our lower sixth form, who was preparing for her A-levels the following year,” she said.
“She was popular, friendly and very talented, and understandably her death has hugely impacted on our school.
“Her close-knit group of friends have shown strength beyond their young years in the months that have followed Ellie’s death, and have supported one another extraordinarily well.
“Our thoughts continue to remain with Ellie’s family at this time.”