Girl accused of hit plot won’t return to school

2009-10-05 00:00

ST ANNE’S matriculant Brittany Leigh Mitchell (18), who was arrested for allegedly trying to hire a hitman to kill the mother of an ex-boyfriend two weeks ago, won’t be returning to school this term.

This was confirmed yesterday by the school’s headmaster, David Wilkinson. “Brittany Mitchell’s parents have informed me that they have decided to withdraw Brittany from St Anne’s College with immediate effect. This means that she will not be attending lessons for the final term.

“However, she will be allowed to write her National Senior Certificate exams at St Anne’s College should she feel ready to do so,”he said.

“The decision to allow her to write these exams was made with the full support of the board of governors and was made in acknowledgement of the fact that she has been a part of our community for the past five years and therefore should be allowed to write her final exams in as normal an environment as possible.”

Mitchell was arrested on September 23 when she allegedly attempted to pay R2 000 to hire a hitman to kill the mother of a former boyfriend in Johannesburg.

Police got wind of the plot, and the man to whom Mitchell handed the money and a picture of the woman, Heather Eyre, was an undercover policeman. She was immediately arrested at the Mugg and Bean restaurant at Sandton City. It was her 18th birthday.

Wilkinson was commenting after a report in a Durban Sunday paper quoted parents of St Anne’s pupils saying they fear for their daughters if Mitchell returns to the school.

One mother was anonymously quoted as saying that if Mitchell were allowed back, it would send the message that it is okay to have criminal charges against you.

The report also quoted a commenter on a news website as saying that Mitchell was admitted to hospital some months ago “for her psychological condition”.

Another wrote last week that “she has had an incredibly hard life”.

Mitchell is expected to appear in court again on December 1.

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