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.
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.
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.”
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.”