Twenty six year old Hannah Bonser has been remanded in custody for the brutal murder of school girl Casey-Lyanne Kearney (13) in a park in Doncaster.
It is believed that the attack took place in Elmsfield Park on Tuesday, an area that locals describe as “rough”.
Yesterday, Bonser nodded in court to confirm her name and address. The defendant looked at the floor throughout the 15-minute hearing, occasionally glancing upwards as the prosecutor read out details of the case. The court heard that Bonser had “previous dealings” with a mental health charity Rethink.
"Very quiet" - suspect Bonser.
“The person in custody was known to a number of local public agencies and we are working together to establish all the circumstances involved with this case,” an official statement read.
Minutes after the “random and unprovoked” attack, it is claimed that Bonser walked into the offices where the charity is based.
Bonser is described by a resident who wishes not to be identified as being “very quiet” and “addicted to computer games.” It is also believed that Bonser has an interest in the goth culture and has dark hair.
The murder scene
Prosecutor Jill Seddon said in the hearing that Rethink recovered two knives, yet police are unsure at this stage whether either are the murder weapon.
Police are still appealing for eye witnesses with people reporting of seeing a “clearly drunk and swearing loudly” woman matching Bonser’s description on the day of the attack.
The recent announcement in funding cuts to Sheffield’s museums has left many shocked and bewildered at the decision. Various people view Steel City as a place of culture, and the museums are just one of the attractions in this vibrant city.
The Government’s decision has made the threat of austerity bite even harder for the area, and locals are predictably dismayed at the decision. We interviewed several people who were in the Sheffield Millennium Gallery who voiced their concern for what seems to becoming a worrying trend. Last year, 39,000 people passed through the doors in just 76 days, but despite this success it is now likely that 45 employees of the gallery will be put out of work.
The Sheffield Millennium Gallery is at risk.
“Quite sad, it’s a sad situation. But the cuts will come and get worse. Say they get some more money this year I think it will be worse next year,” voiced one person we asked, “There will be more redundancies and the museums will open less hours. I think that’s what will happen.”
Others compared the current economic climate to that of the 1980s:
“It’ll get worse. The miner’s strike only affected one industry. It only affected one section. This could affect all of the areas and all sorts of different staff. It will get worse. All of these institutions, such as the libraries and Museums Sheffield will be affected.”
It seems amongst the people we asked that even for those who aren’t massive art fans; the Sheffield Millennium Gallery still remains a popular attraction for young and old people alike. The worry that many have is that if the Government’s cuts continue at such a rapid pace then it’ll only be bad news for the general public. It is arguable that art would once again only become available to a privileged few.
One person we asked perhaps summed it up best:
“I presume it will mean fewer exhibitions, shorter opening hours and less access to the public, all of which are bad things.”
I’m James and am currently starting journalism at Sheffield Hallam University.
As some of you will be aware, I’ve been writing a blog since the winter of 2010. I originally started blogging for my local paper, the Derbyshire Times. They ran a competition to find some bloggers to modernise their website, and I was one of the lucky few chosen.
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