Hackney girl, 16, dies after months in coma following attack

A 16-year-old Hackney girl left fighting for her life in a coma after being attacked in May has died.

Julie Sheriff of Stamford Hill suffered severe head injuries when she was assaulted while visiting friends shortly before 6pm on May 7 in Battersea, south west London.

The teenager was taken to St George’s Hospital and did not regain consciousness.

She died at 1pm on September 21.

A post-mortem examination gave the cause as head injuries with associated complications.

A 15-year-old girl has been charged with grievous bodily harm but detectives are now treating the attack as murder.

Det Chief Insp Nick Scola of the Met’s Homicide and Serious Crime, said: “Our thoughts are with Julie’s family at this difficult time. We know from CCTV that some of the witnesses have not yet come forward and since the tragic death of this young woman, we urge them to do so.”

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