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Leonne Weeks death: Shea Peter Heeley admits murder

Leonne Weeks Image copyright Leonne Weeks
Image caption Leonne Weeks was a student at Dinnington High School

A teenager has admitted stabbing to death a 16-year-old schoolgirl in South Yorkshire.

The body of Leonne Weeks was found on a pathway in Dinnington, near Rotherham, on 16 January last year.

Shea Peter Heeley, 19, of Doe Quarry Lane, Dinnington, pleaded guilty to murder, at Sheffield Crown Court.

A post-mortem examination showed Leonne was stabbed 28 times. Police said her body was concealed behind a dumped sofa by the footpath.

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The court heard a psychiatric assessment had concluded Heeley had no diagnosable psychiatric disorders and therefore he was fit to plead.

Judge Paul Watson QC said: "You have pleaded guilty to an offence of murder. There is only one sentence and that is a sentence of life imprisonment.

"However, I will be required to determine the minimum term you will have to serve before you can even be considered for release on parole."

Image caption Leonne's body was found on a pathway in Dinnington near Rotherham

Heeley was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on 5 March.

Det Ch Insp Martin Tate, said: "Leonne was a young girl who had her whole life ahead of her.

"Heeley selfishly and violently took that away, leaving a family without a daughter, a sister and a friend.

"I'm pleased that the family have not had to endure a trial and that he has today admitted his guilt."

Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral for the Dinnington High School student in February 2017.

A pink coffin carved with her name and covered in hearts was carried into the church after arriving on a horse-drawn hearse.

Image caption Shea Peter Heeley will be sentenced on 5 March

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