Emily Grace Jones was born on 18 January 2013 in Bolton. Her parents were credit manager Mark Jones and solicitor Sarah Barnes. The family were from...Emily Grace Jones was born on 18 January 2013 in Bolton. Her parents were credit manager Mark Jones and solicitor Sarah Barnes. The family were from the Doffcocker area. Jones's parents said, "Emily was seven years old, our only child and the light of our lives. She was always full of joy, love and laughter."
The Jones family were at Queen's Park in Bolton on 22 March 2020, which was Mother's Day in the United Kingdom. The police coroner's officer Rebecca Gardner described the attack, "Emily was on her scooter playing. As she rode past a wooden bench, a female sat on the bench suddenly attacked Emily, stabbing her in the neck, causing catastrophic injury. Emily was taken to Salford Royal Hospital, but despite best efforts to save Emily her death was diagnosed at 15.56 hours that day."
Coroner Alan Walsh stated, "In my 20 years as a coroner this is one of the most tragic deaths that I have dealt with.
A 30-year-old woman who was unknown to the Jones family was arrested on the scene for murder, along with possession of a bladed article. She was detained under the Mental Health Act and was placed in a high-security facility. An inquest into Jones' death was opened on 1 April, and adjourned to 3 July. On 20 May, the suspect was identified as Eltiona Skana (born 24 February 1990),who is originally from Albania.Skana was remanded in custody and scheduled to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on 26 May. Skana did not enter a plea to the charges at her 26 May court appearance. The plea and trial preparation hearing was set for 15 September. Show more