Hannah Bonser, a former psychiatric patient who stabbed to death a teenager to death, has been jailed. She is starting 22 years behind bars - after a jury decided she knew exactly what she was doing on Valentine's Day this year.
Bonser has still never said why she carried out the attack. Casey's family have spoken of their devastating loss. Chris Kiddey reports.
Anthony Kearney, the father of murdered schoolgirl Casey Kearney and the police officer in charge of the murder investigation Detective Superintendent Terry Mann give their reaction to Hannah Bonser's guilty verdict.
Richard Hebbert, the CPS lawyer who was in charge of the case comments on the guilty verdict handed down to Hannah Bonser for the murder of schoolgirl Casey Kearney:
“The manner of Casey’s death in many ways embodies the worst fear of every parent. Having set out to go to the house of a
friend early on Valentine’s Day afternoon, circumstances combined cruelly to put her in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was a pointless waste of a promising young life. The prosecution case showed from the outset that Hannah Bonser killed Casey and this was accepted by the defence.
The issue at trial was how responsible she was for what she did. The opinion of a psychiatric expert instructed by the prosecution to assess Hannah Bonser’s mental state was that whilst she was suffering from a personality disorder she was able to understand the nature of her conduct, form
a rational judgement exercise self-control and on that basis she would be guilty of murder. prosecution has been conducted on that basis and today the jury agreed with us. This has been a tragic case for all who have been touched by it, but, of
course none more than Casey’s parents, who, I hope, feel at least that justice has now been done for their daughter.”
Hannah Bonser has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 22 years. She was found guilty at Sheffield Crown Court of killing 13-year-old Casey Kearney in February.
A joint statement from the NHS, Doncaster Council and the charity Rethink Mental Illness has been issued following the verdict in the Hannah Bonser murder trial.
Casey’s death is a matter of great sadness for us all and our thoughts are with her
family at this very difficult time. are doing all we can to support them. NHS Doncaster has commissioned a detailed independent investigation which is being led by Professor Pat Cantrill, with additional mental health advice. Such reviews are a statutory Department of Health
requirement when investigating deaths mental health service patients. expect the investigation to be completed by the end of this summer and a public report will be published afterwards. Before the report is published we will share it with Casey’s family first.
Investigation underway into Hannah Bonser's contact with a range of services prior to her random killing of schoolgirl Casey KearneyRead the full story ›
Hannah Bonser has been found guilty of murdering 13 year old casey Kearney in a random attack in a Doncaster park
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The jury in the Casey Kearney murder trial at Sheffield Crown Court has retired to consider their verdict. Hannah Bonser denies murdering the teenage schoolgirl in a Doncaster Park in February this year but admits manslaughter.
A woman who stabbed a 13-year-old stranger to death in a park told a pagan priestess she was being "demonically attacked by an international, invisible conspiracy" months before the attack. Sheffield Crown Court has heard that Hannah Bonser, 26, stabbed teenager Casey Kearney
in Elmfield Park, in Doncaster, in February this year. Casey died later in hospital. Today, Christina Oakley-Harrington told the court how Bonser had turned up at her pagan bookshop, in central London, in September last year. Dr Oakley-Harrington, said Bonser was in terrible distress.
She was scared out of her wits by something. She said that they were after her and were going to kill her. "
The former university lecturer took her to a homeless shelter and Charing Cross police station, but was turned away by both. She accompanied her to a nearby hospital where she was sectioned. Bonser, of Doncaster, denies murdering Casey. The trial continues.