Accused denies South Yorkshire schoolgirl murder

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A WOMAN accused of murdering Doncaster schoolgirl Casey-Lyanne Kearney in a park on Valentine’s Day has appeared in court to deny the charge.

Hannah Bonser, aged 26, of Cusworth House, Doncaster, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court via videolink from Low Newton jail in County Durham yesterday morning.

Casey-Lyanne Kearney, aged 13, was found lying fatally injured in Elmfield Park, Doncaster, on February 14, after dialling 999 for help.

She was taken to hospital but died later.

Wearing a grey top and glasses, Bonser spoke only to confirm her name and plead not guilty to murder. Members of Casey-Lyanne’s family looked on from the public gallery as Bonser appeared on the screen for the 15-minute hearing.

A trial date has been fixed for July 2.

Judge Alan Goldsack QC told Bonser she will appear again for a hearing on June 26 and she was remanded in custody.