Bradford woman must stand trial for murdering her two daughters

Samira Lupidi has today appeared at Bradford Crown Court. Picture: Ross Parry Agency
Samira Lupidi has today appeared at Bradford Crown Court. Picture: Ross Parry Agency
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A BRADFORD woman will face trial accused of murdering her two daughters, after prosecutors rejected her guilty plea to manslaughter.

Italian Samira Lupidi, 24, admitted killing her daughters but claimed diminished responsibility.

Samira Lupidi with one-year-old Jasmine Weaver (left) and three-year-old Evelyn Lupidi. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Samira Lupidi with one-year-old Jasmine Weaver (left) and three-year-old Evelyn Lupidi. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Evelyn Lupidi, three, and Jasmine Weaver, one, died in Bradford last in November.

Breaking into tears as the charges were read at Bradford Crown Court, Lupidi entered her plea for each count of murder between sobs and in broken English: “Not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter on the basis of diminished responsibility.”

Prosecutor Stephen Wood said the Crown would not accept Lupidi’s pleas.

Lupidi, dressed in a white blouse and blue jeans, appeared distressed in the dock.

Family members of Jasmine and Evelyn watched on from the public gallery during the short hearing.

Remanding her in custody, Judge Roger Thomas QC said: “You will be back here for trial in a couple of weeks and will be remanded in custody until then.”

She will now stand trial for murder on May 9.