Man who murdered 16-year-old girl to be sentenced


A man who murdered a 16-year-old girl, stabbing her 28 times, is due to be sentenced.

Leonne Weeks's body was found hidden under a sofa on a pathway in Dinnington, near Rotherham, South Yorkshire, in January last year.

She had died from multiple stab wounds to her head and upper body, police said.

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Shea Peter Heeley who has pleaded guilty to the murder of 16 year old Leonne Weeks in Dinnington, South Yorkshire (South Yorkshire Police/PA)

Shea Peter Heeley, 19, of Doe Quarry Lane, Dinnington, was charged with murder and admitted the offence last month.

After that hearing, Detective Chief Inspector Martin Tate, the senior investigating officer, 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."

Mr Tate added: "My thoughts are with Leonne's family and friends at this incredibly difficult time and I'd like to praise them for the strength they have shown and continue to show throughout this process."

After Leonne's murder, her family released a statement which said: "We are devastated at the loss of our beautiful daughter and sister Leonne.

"She was very much loved and will be missed by all of us."

Heeley, who is in custody, will be sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court by Judge Paul Watson QC.