A TEENAGER is facing a life sentence after admitting murdering Dinnington schoolgirl Leonne Weeks.
Shea Heeley (19) appeared before Sheffield Crown Court this morning and entered a guilty plea in relation to the killing of 16-year-old Leonne (pictured), who was found stabbed on a pathway off Lordens Hill in Dinnington, on January 16 last year.
Heeley, of Doe Quarry Lane, was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at the same court on March 5.
Rebecca Staples, principal of Dinnington High School, where 16-year-old Leonne was a student, described Leonne, of Doe Quarry Terrace, as “very loyal and caring towards her family and friends and had a cheeky sense of humour”.
Police revealed Leonne’s body was found concealed by a sofa.
A post-mortem examination concluded that she had been stabbed 28 times, suffering wounds to her head and upper body.
Det Chief Insp Martin Tate, senior investigating officer, in the case, said: “This has been a complex and lengthy inquiry, with the investigative team working tirelessly to bring this before the courts.
“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.
“I’m pleased that the family have not had to endure a trial and that he has today admitted his guilt.
“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.”