First picture of ‘ticking time bomb’ woman who stabbed Emily Jones, 7, to death in park

The paranoid schizophrenic, 30, grabbed Emily as the little girl rode past on a scooter in a park, and slashed her throat with a craft knife.

It emerged yesterday that medical staff knew the mentally ill Albanian could harm youngsters — but those monitoring her in the community were unaware of the danger.

And even after Emily’s killing Skana’s care staff referred to her as “a kind and lovely person”.

But Emily’s dad, Mark, called for those who left Skana free to kill to be sacked.

He described his daughter’s killer as a “ticking time bomb”.

Law firm manager Mark, 49, added: “The coward murdered my child. I personally think she is a threat to the public and I want her to spend all her days in prison.”

Skana entered the UK illegally in 2014 in the back of a lorry and applied for asylum, claiming to be a trafficking victim. 

The Home Office rejected her claim but, after an appeal, reversed its decision, later granting her leave to remain until December 2024.

But in court, it emerged that Skana admitted to doctors her trafficking victim claim was a lie.

It was far from clear if this information was ever passed on to immigration authorities, her trial at Manchester’s Minshull Street crown court was told.

In July 2015, Skana was sectioned after she wielded a knife against her neighbours. She was discharged but arrested two years later for attacking her mother.

Emily’s dad, Mark, described his daughter’s killer as a ‘ticking time bomb’Credit: Enterprise News and Pictures

She was said to have disconnected the electricity to her boiler, removed light bulbs and binned her TV, which she claimed was transmitting her neighbours’ voices.

An internal NHS report by Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust found Skana, possibly armed with a knife, threatened a girl of 13 three years before killing Emily. 

Yet, despite the clear threat she posed, clinicians reluctantly changed her medication to less effective drugs.

She refused to take her anti-psychotic tablets and a month’s supply of unused medication was found at Skana’s flat after she killed Emily.

Another mental health trust caring for her at the time had rated her “green” for stable in its traffic light system of monitoring patients.


Skana struck as Emily was playing on her scooter with her dad in Bolton, Greater Manchester.

The little girl spotted her solicitor mum, Sarah Barnes, 42, jogging and raced off to greet her.

But as she passed Skana sitting on a park bench, the killer got up, grabbed her and slashed her throat.

Mark has told how he cradled his dying daughter in his arms, pleading with her to stay with him.

Despite the catalogue of failings, a serious incident review commissioned by the trust after Emily’s killing clears its staff of any blame.

It stated: “In our opinion, unfortunately the incident could not have been predicted or prevented.”

Skana’s prosecution for murder was dropped on Friday after prosecutors accepted there was no realistic prospect of a conviction.

She pleaded guilty to manslaughter and will be sentenced tomorrow.