A man who stabbed a 16-year-old girl 28 times has pleaded guilty to her murder sparking angry scenes in court.
Leonne Weeks’s body was found hidden under a sofa on a pathway in Dinnington, near Rotherham, South Yorkshire, in January last year.
She had died from multiple stab wounds to her head and upper body, police said.
Shea Peter Heeley, 19, of Doe Quarry Lane, Dinnington, was charged with murder and changed his plea to admit the offence at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday, South Yorkshire Police confirmed.
There were angry scenes in court, when two men shouted from the public gallery.
One man shouted at Heeley: ‘Wait until the day you come out – I promise you now I will do the same to you.
‘Wait until you walk out of jail – I will wait.’
Detective Chief Inspector Martin Tate, the senior investigating officer, said: ‘Leonne was a young girl who had her whole life ahead of her.
‘Heeley selfishly and violently took that away, leaving a family without a daughter, a sister and a friend.
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‘I’m pleased that the family have not had to endure a trial and that he has today admitted his guilt.’
Mr Tate added: ‘My thoughts are with Leonne’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time and I’d like to praise them for the strength they have shown and continue to show throughout this process.’
Heeley was remanded in custody by Judge Paul Watson QC and told he will be sentenced on March 5.
After Leonne’s murder, her family released a statement which said: ‘We are devastated at the loss of our beautiful daughter and sister Leonne.
‘She was very much loved and will be missed by all of us.’
Leonne Weeks died of multiple stab wounds in January last year after her body was found on a pathway in Dinnington, South Yorks.
The college student’s pals had told how she’had gone to meet someone’ before her body was discovered by a member of the public down on the isolated pathway.
Police have confirmed that Leonne and Heeley lived nearby to each other and knew each other through mutual friends but the full circumstances of her murder have not been disclosed.
Judge Paul Watson, QC, today told Heeley the only suitable sentence would be life imprisonment and that he would go to jail for a ‘very long time indeed’.
He said a 50-page psychiatric report had been produced which concluded that Heeley was fit to enter a plea.
‘The conclusion is that there are no psychiatric diagnoses or disorders,’ the judge revealed.