I Don't Pray for My Murdered Daughter ...I Pray for Her Killer; MOTHER OF STABBED GIRL SAYS 18-YEAR-OLD NEEDS HELP TO REFORM

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I Don't Pray for My Murdered Daughter ...I Pray for Her Killer; MOTHER OF STABBED GIRL SAYS 18-YEAR-OLD NEEDS HELP TO REFORM


Byline: LEE GLENDINNING

THE mother of a girl stabbed to death at a party is praying for the teenager who killed her.

Mary Foley, whose 15-yearold daughter, Charlotte Polius, was knifed through the heart, hopes the 18-year-old killer will reform.

Beatriz Martins-Paes, from Brentwood, was found guilty of the murder of Charlotte at the 16th birthday party in Ilford last April. She will be sentenced next month.

Today Charlotte's stepfather, Paul Foley, said the family's faith had helped them cope with their loss.

"We don't pray for Charlotte, we pray for Beatriz," he said. "We will continue to pray for her and that it will help. Mary is saying that this verdict means the girl will get help.

She feels the girl needs a lot of help and this verdict will help her change.'' Charlotte was knifed after Martins-Paes challenged her, threatening: "Do you want to get shanked?"

The previous month Martins-Paes, then 17, had an argument with one of her victim's friends when she was threatened with a knife. …

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