Dad’s heartache over Casey’s mementoes

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HEARTLESS thieves have left the dad of tragic murder victim Casey Kearney devastated once again – by stealing his precious pictures of his daughter.

Casey, aged 13, died in Doncaster Royal Infirmary last month after she was found with stab wounds in Elmfield Park.

But now her dad, Anthony Kearney, has revealed thieves broke into his Edenthorpe home on Thursday night, and stole items including a laptop which contained his collection of photographs and videos of McAuley School pupil Casey. Now he desperately wants the black Sony VAlO laptop returned.

He said: “Losing Casey has been so painful words cannot begin to explain. Photos and videos hold all the precious memories of my beautiful daughter and I desperately want these back.

“Photographs hold an incredible sentimental value to anyone, these pictures even more so as I will never be able to take any more of Casey.”

Police are now appealing for information to help get the pictures back. They say the burglary was between 7.45am and 12.35pm.

Det Cons Scott Barley, who is investigating the burglary said: “I would urge anyone who has any information to please come forward to assist with the investigation and the return of the laptop to Mr Kearney.”

Casey’s death moved thew whole of the Doncaster community. Hundreds attended a candlelit vigil at the entrance to the park on the week she died, and flowers and tributes gathered at the gates while police still had the park sealed off while they carried out their investigations. They were later moved inside the park.

Hundreds also turned out to her funeral at St Wilfrid’s Church in Cantley two weeks ago, many wearing orange, which was Casey’s favourite colour.

The teenager, originally from Cantley, moved to Rossington a couple of years ago.

She was heading into town from her Rossington home when she suffered the stab wounds which killed her, despite the efforts of doctors to save her. Her home town of Rossington was moved to stage a fundraising walk in her memory to help her family meet such costs as the funeral expenses. Walkers raised £3,000 walking from the Styrrup pub in Rossington to Elmfield Park.

Anyone with information about the burglary at her father’s home should contact the police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting incident number 384 of March 15.

Hannah Bonser, aged 26, of Cusworth House, St James Street, has been remanded in custody charged with Casey’s murder and being in possession of two bladed articles.