DEVASTATED relatives of schoolgirl Casey Kearney have spoken of their agony at her loss – as the woman accused of her murder appeared for the first time in court.
The family issued a statement paying tribute to 13-year-old Casey, who died in Doncaster Royal Infirmary on Tuesday night after being rushed from Elmfield Park for treatment in the afternoon.
“Losing Casey has been so painful words cannot begin to explain,” they said. “She was the most beautiful, intelligent and bright young girl with her whole life ahead of her.
“We need time alone with family and friends to start to come to terms with our loss.”
Their anguished statement came on the day a woman appeared in court accused of murdering Casey.
Relatives of the schoolgirl attended the hearing.
Standing in the dock of court number one at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court was 26-year-old Hannah Bonser, who spoke only to confirm her name and address before the prosecution applied to remand her in custody.
Bonser, of Cusworth House, St James Street, is charged with murder and also charged with being in possession of two ‘bladed articles’.
In a brief outline of the case, prosecutor Jill Seddon said Casey had travelled from her home in Rossington to meet friends before police received a call from her at 1.18pm.
Ms Seddon said doctors at Doncaster Royal Infirmary tried to save Casey’s life but it was not possible because of blood loss from her injuries, including to her bowel and colon.
Bonser was arrested later the same afternoon in Imperial Crescent, Town Moor.
Her solicitor, Mike Cowling, made no application for bail and the magistrates remanded Bonser in custody to make her first appearance at Sheffield Crown Court next Thursday.
She gave no reaction before being led from the court.
Casey’s family was escorted from the courtroom by police family liaison officers and made no comment.