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Hannah Bonser trial - Day 2

A court has heard today how the woman accused of stabbing schoolgirl Casey Kearney said she had "done something silly" just minutes after the fatal attack. Hannah Bonser is said to have made the confession to staff at a mental charity in Doncaster.

A jury has been told that Bonser, a former psychiatric patient, was as "calm as could be" at the time - and that she had spoken of hearing voices telling her to do evil things. Chris Kiddey reports.


Woman accused of teenage murder had "troubled history"

A woman accused of stabbing a 13-year-old girl to death in a Doncaster park on Valentine's Day has a "troubled history" and has spent time in a psychiatric hospital, a court has heard.

Hannah Bonser, 26, went on trial accused of murdering Casey Kearney, who was found injured in Elmfield Park.

"Hannah Bonser is a woman with a troubled history, who was in regular contact with outreach workers at Rethink - which is a service which assists those in Doncaster with mental health difficulties. In October 2011 she had spent a short time in a psychiatric hospital in Doncaster."

– Prosecutor Graham Reeds QC told the jury

Bonser, of Cusworth House, Doncaster, denies murder. Three days before Casey's death, Bonser told a friend she was going to kill her ex-boyfriend and threatened to "get anyone else who crossed her", the court heard.

In the morning of Casey's death, Bonser bought two kitchen knives, the jury heard.

"It cannot be known why Hannah Bonser went to the park that afternoon. She later declined to answer police questions and she now claims to have no memory of what she did."

– Prosecutor Graham Reeds QC told the jury

Doncaster teen murder suspect appears in court

Accused: Hannah Bonser Credit: Calendar

Hannah Bonser - who is accused of killing a teenage girl at a park in Doncaster has appeared at Sheffield crown court today via videolink. The 26 year old pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing to murdering Casey-Lyanne Kearney in February.

13-year-old Casey was stabbed at Elmfield Park on Valentine's Day. She managed to call 999 for help but died after being taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary. Today's hearing allowed legal teams to check the case was ready to proceed. The trial is due to begin on July 2 at Sheffield Crown Court.

Casey-Lyanne Kearney was killed in February Credit: Calendar


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