Anorak | Casey-Lyanne Kearney: tabloids go easy on Hannah Bonser

Casey-Lyanne Kearney: tabloids go easy on Hannah Bonser

by | 17th, February 2012

CASEY-Lyanne Kearney was 13 when she was stabbed to death in Doncaster’s Elmfield Park. Hannah Bonser, 26, of Cusworth House, Doncaster, has been charged with her murder and two counts of possession of a knife.

Amid the tributes and tears to the innocent teenager killed with her life ahead of her, there is news on her alleged killer. Bonser was known to local social services agencies.

The Daily Mail writes:

Stab charge woman ‘spent childhood in foster homes’

Bonser’s brother Ben is quoted:

“Everyone knew us as the Mormon family.We went to church every week in our smartest clothes and we were kept away from children who my parents thought were a bad influence. My mum was the light of our lives and when she died, Hannah was traumatised. She had been the one who held us together and encouraged us all to be better people. After she had gone, we fell apart.”

Mr Bonser said their father, Ronald, would sit in bed all day “, too depressed and sick with grief to contribute.

“When Hannah was 12, we went into care for the first time,’ he said. ‘I still remember the drive to our first foster home. Hannah was clutching a soft toy.Initially, we were in the same homes but then, because of a lack of carers, we were separated. She was upset when I left foster care two years before her because I was older.’”

In 2001, the father died.

The Mail seems sympathetic to all sides of the case.

Over in the Sun , the accused is also profiled:


Bonser is very quie t” with the look of a Goth “.

Well, so says an unnamed neighbour in Doncaster.

Bonsor was

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