Man jailed for ‘brutal’ murder of Leonne Weeks

A teenager who told staff at a secure mental hospital that he “liked killing” has been jailed for the “brutally violent” murder of 16-year-old Leonne Weeks.

Shea Peter Heeley, 19, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 24-and-a-half years on Monday, for a killing Sheffield Crown Court heard he carried out “for no reason at all”.

The then 18-year-old lured Leonne to a secluded spot near Lordens Hill in the Dinnington area of Rotherham in January last year and stabbed her 28 times.

Shea Peter Heeley said he "liked" killing Leonne Weeks

Image: Shea Peter Heeley said he “liked” killing Leonne

Following his arrest, Heeley, who pleaded guilty to murder last month, said he always knew he would kill someone and later told staff at a secure mental hospital that he had enjoyed it.

He said: “I like that I have done it, I just do. I like killing.”

A member of the public discovered the body, with a post-mortem examination finding that Leonne had died as a result of multiple stab wounds.

Leonne Weeks was stabbed 28 times

Image: Leonne was stabbed 28 times

Speaking after the hearing in which Heeley pleaded guilty, South Yorkshire Police senior investigating officer Martin Tate said her life had been “selfishly and violently” taken away.

He added: “Leonne was a young girl who had her whole life ahead of her.

“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.”

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Leonne’s family paid tribute to their “beautiful daughter and sister” after her death, saying: “She was very much loved and will be missed by all of us.”

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