(UK) BBC: 16 yr old found guilty in knife attack on para found to be autistic

July 10, 2018, BBC News: Winterton school stabbing: Elisha Burkill 'diagnosed with autism' A teenage girl who stabbed a school support worker in a "ferocious" attack has autism, a court has heard. Elisha Burkill, 16, knifed Joy Simon, 61, in the face and chest at Winterton Community Academy, Scunthorpe. Burkill had admitted wounding with intent and possessing a bladed article and was sentenced at Hull Crown Court in February to seven years in custody. Her lawyers are now challenging the sentence at the Court of Appeal, claiming it was too harsh…. However, he said that on the other side of that "lay the problem of undiagnosed mental health problems in the young"…. Burkill was initially charged with attempted murder after the attack in September but the court in Hull accepted the lesser wounding charge last December…. At the time of the attack she had had no contact with mental health services but had a long history of a depressive illness, the court heard. Mr Lunn said Burkill has since been diagnosed with autism and severe depression…. "Obviously, that goes very much to the issue of dangerousness," she added.