Teenager admits shooting sister dead

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LONDON, Oct 2 (Reuters) A teenager today admitted shooting his 2-year-old sister in the head with a gun stored by their mother at the family home.

Kasha Peniston, 17, pleaded guilty to manslaughter when he appeared at Manchester Crown Court.

He shot his sister Kamilah in the forehead as he played with a handgun at their house in Gorton, Manchester, in April. She died in hospital the next day.

Their mother Natasha, 33, has pleaded guilty to possession of a gun and ammunition.

Kasha Peniston was originally charged with murder, but pleaded guilty to the alternative manslaughter charge.

After the shooting, Kamilah's head teacher Ed Wyllie described her as a model pupil at St Thomas Aquinas school in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester.

''Kamilah was a lovely girl, a very bright young lady who was much liked by her teachers and many friends in school,'' he said in a statement. ''She was an inspiration to us all and will be deeply missed.'' In a tribute released by police, her family described her as a ''princess'', adding: ''You had the ability to bring the sunshine into a room when you smiled.

''With our love and promises we will keep you deep in our hearts forever.'' REUTERS ARB AS1715

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