‘One of the most tragic cases I have ever dealt with’ – Katie Rough detective speaks about the killing

Police at the scene of the killing on Alness Drive, Woodthorpe, York, in January. Photograph: YorkMix
24 Nov 2017 @ 2.50 pm
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The detective who led the investigation into the death of Katie Rough has spoken about the traumatic case for the first time.

“This investigation has been one of the most tragic, and challenging, I have ever dealt with during my career as a police officer,” said senior investigating officer DCI Andrea Kell.

She was talking after seven-year-old Katie’s killer, who was 15 at the time of her death, was sentenced to life at Leeds Crown Court on Friday (November 24).

“There are no positive results from cases such as these,” she said.

“Regardless of the conviction and sentence, nothing will ever replace the loss of Katie.”

Lives changed forever

The death of Katie Rough shocked the city and the country

DCI Kell said that Katie’s parents Paul and Alison Rough, and their wider family, were changed forever by the devastating events on Monday January 9 2017.

That was when Katie was found on a playing field near Alness Drive. She had been smothered and slashed with a knife, and couldn’t be revived.

“I hope today’s conclusion of the court proceedings, will allow the family to now focus on trying to re-build their lives.

“I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the emergency services personnel and all those who responded the night of Katie’s death.

Officers at the scene

“I would also like to recognise and praise the dedication and professionalism of the investigation team, who were faced with aspects of the investigation which were deeply distressing for all.

“Our thoughts remain with Katie’s parents and the entire Rough family.”