Teenager pleads guilty over schoolgirl's gun death

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A 17-year-old boy today admitted shooting a 12-year-old schoolgirl dead with an illegal handgun kept by her mother at the family home.

Kamilah Peniston was blasted in the forehead with a .38 snub-nosed revolver by the teenager, then aged 16.



The boy, initially charged with murder, appeared at Manchester Crown Court today to plead guilty to an alternative count of manslaughter.



The girl's mother, Natasha, 33, has previously pleaded guilty to possession of the gun and possession of ammunition.



Paul Reid QC, prosecuting, told the court: "We consider it appropriate in the circumstances to accept the plea."



He said the plea had been submitted on the basis of "gross negligence".



The facts of the case were not opened in court.



The sentencing of both the teenager and Kamilah's mother has been adjourned.



A legal challenge by the media to allow them to name the boy is currently being considered by Mr Justice Holland.