A teenage couple, both aged 15, have admitted to the killing of dinner lady Elizabeth Edwards, 49, and her 13-year-old daughter Katie in Spalding in 2015. The boy and girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denied murder but admit manslaughter when they appeared at Nottingham Crown Court. The plea was rejected by the crown and the couple's murder trial is set to begin at the same court on 5 October (2016).

Churchgoer Mrs Edwards, known to friends as Liz, lived at the property in Dawson Avenue with Katie and an older daughter. An adult daughter lives elsewhere. The results of a post-mortem examination into how the mother and daughter were killed have not been released, but it is believed the bodies may have been undiscovered for up to two days before being found on 15 April (2015).

At the time of the deaths, the accused couple were 14, making them one of the youngest couples ever to face murder charges in the UK. Both have been remanded into secure accommodation.

In the preliminary hearing the boy and girl spoke only to confirm their names and enter a plea of not guilty to murder but guilty of manslaughter. The Lincolnshire Echo reported that in court Justice Carr QC and the barristers removed their wigs and referred to the couple by their first names.

After the bodies of Mrs Edwards and Katie were discovered Elizabeth's partner Graham Green wrote on Facebook: "My babe has gone but you will always be in my heart forever and ever and ever." The lady meant the world to me, she was my rock. Katie, so young, lots of good times in front of us been taken away r.i.p."

Reverend Mike Chesher at St Paul's Parish Church, said of Elizabeth: "I don't know how we'll manage without her because she's just brilliant — such a genuine, committed person of such integrity. It is such a horrible shock." (news.com.au).