Murder accused was ‘chased by demons’

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A WOMAN accused of stabbing a 13-year-old to death in a Doncaster park told a pagan priestess she was being ‘demonically attacked’ months before the killing, a jury heard.

Hannah Bonser is accused of stabbing teenager Casey Kearney in Elmfield Park, Doncaster, on Valentine’s Day.

Casey, from Rossington, died later in hospital after suffering huge blood loss.

Yesterday, Christina Oakley-Harrington told Sheffield Crown Court that Bonser turned up at her pagan and spiritualist bookshop, Treadwells, in central London, in September 2011.

Dr Oakley-Harrington, who said she was a pagan priestess, said Bonser ‘looked absolutely dreadful’ and was ‘in terrible distress’.

She said Bonser was ‘scared out of her wits by something’.

Dr Oakley-Harrington told the jury: “She said they were after her. They were going to kill her. She was trying to find someone who could exorcise her.

“She thought she was being demonically attacked by an international, invisible conspiracy.”

Dr Oakley-Harrington said Bonser had travelled from her home in Doncaster to escape demons and had been sleeping rough at London Victoria railway station.

She said: “The whole of Doncaster was filled with demons that were attacking her - part of this international conspiracy which was why she could never go back to Doncaster.”

The former university lecturer said she was worried about Bonser and took her to a homeless shelter and Charing Cross police station, but was turned away at both.

She eventually let Bonser sleep in her shop until she convinced social workers to attend. Dr Oakley-Harrington said she accompanied Bonser to a nearby hospital where she was sectioned.

Bonser, of Cusworth House, Doncaster, denies murdering Casey.

Earlier, Graham Reeds QC, prosecuting, said a urine sample showed Bonser had used cannabis.

He said it was unclear when, but a forensic scientist could not rule out the possibility she was experiencing the effects of the drug at the time of the attack.

The court has heard Bonser is likely to claim she was suffering from diminished responsibility at the time of the attack.

David Fish QC, for Bonser, said his client will not be giving evidence.

The trial continues.