Woman gets life for teen murder

Hannah Bonser has been jailed for life by a judge at Sheffield Crown Court after being found guilty of the murder of 13-year-old Casey Kearney. She has been told she will serve a minimum of 22 years in prison.

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Hannah Bonser jailed for life for the murder of Casey Kearney

Hannah Bonser has been jailed for life after being found guilty of the murder of 13-year-old Casey Kearney. She has been told she will serve a minimum of 22 years in prison.

Casey was stabbed in a random attack in Elmfield Park, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, on Valentine's Day.

The judge, Mr Justice Cranston, told Sheffield Crown Court Casey's family had reacted with "enormous dignity" as they listened to the details of her death.

He added: "Casey did not deserve this. She had done nothing wrong."

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Judge to sentence Hannah Bonser for murder of teenager

The judge, Mr Justice Cranston, has said he will pass sentence on Hannah Bonser, for the murder of Casey Kearney, at 2pm.

Bonser showed no emotion when the jury foreman returned the guilty verdict after two hours of deliberation.

She sat in the dock looking ahead, as she has done throughout the week-long trial, surrounded by four prison officers.

There were cries of "Yes" from the public gallery which was packed with Casey's family. Her father, Anthony Kerney, appeared to wipe away tears.

Many in the gallery were wearing orange ties and scarves - one of Casey's favourite colours - in memory of the teenager.

Jury rejects Bonser's diminished responsibility claim

A woman with a history of mental health problems has been found guilty of murdering a 13-year-old stranger in a park.

Casey Kearney died after being stabbed in a Doncaster park. Credit: Family handout

Hannah Bonser, who is 26, stabbed Casey Kearney in a random attack in Elmfield Park, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, on Valentine's Day.

A jury at Sheffield Crown Court rejected Bonser's claim that she was guilty only of manslaughter due to diminished responsibility.

Bonser is due to be sentenced shortly.

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