Police interviewing the girl about the murders in Chillenden, Kent, yesterday said she saw the man attack her mother, Lin, after he confronted them on a footpath. She has told police that a computerised image of a man seen near the scene looks "very similar" to the man who attacked her. A police spokesman said had a very strong reaction to the picture, and was obviously frightened.
Josephine, her mother and her six-year-old sister Megan were bludgeoned as they walked from Goodnestone school to their home in Chillenden on 9 July. Police are hoping that in interviews today she will be able to tell them when her sister and the family pet dog were also attacked.
Police have maintained a 24-hour guard on the Russell home since Josephine came out of hospital last month.