Birmingham bus stabbing: Man on murder charge

Christina Edkins, 16, who was fatally stabbed on a bus in Birmingham. Picture: PA
Christina Edkins, 16, who was fatally stabbed on a bus in Birmingham. Picture: PA
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PHILLIP Simelane, 22, is to be charged with the murder of schoolgirl Christina Edkins, who was stabbed to death on a bus in Birmingham last week, West Midlands Police said today.

• Phillip Simelane, 22, is to be charged with the murder of schoolgirl Christina Edkins after being sectioned under Mental Health Act last week

Police and forensics at the scene of the incident on Hagley Road, Birmingham

Police and forensics at the scene of the incident on Hagley Road, Birmingham

• Edkins family issue a statement mourning “bubbly, beautiful and intelligent” daughter

• Christina was stabbed to death on a bus as she made her way to school

West Midlands Police said it has been given authority by the Crown Prosecution Service to charge 22-year-old Phillip Simelane with killing Christina Edkins.

Meanwhile, the force also issued a statement in which Christina’s parents said their world had been torn apart by the loss of their “beautiful princess”.

Simelane, from Walsall, was sectioned under the Mental Health Act following the stabbing in Birmingham last Thursday and will be charged with murder in due course, a police spokesman said.

Making their first public comment about their daughter’s death, Christina’s parents Jason and Kathleen described her as a “bubbly, beautiful and intelligent” teenager.

In their statement, Mr and Mrs Edkins said: “We are heartbroken by the loss of our beautiful princess, Christina, and it’s hard to find words to describe the pain we’re all feeling.

“Her family and friends will remember her as an amazing individual with her whole life ahead of her - a life that was tragically cut short on that Thursday morning. Our lives will never be the same again.”

The grieving parents added: “We are truly overwhelmed by the kindness that’s been shown by friends and neighbours, people who knew Christina well and also those who never got the chance to meet her.”