09/02/2018 14:28 GMT

Teenager Admits Murdering 16-Year-Old Leonne Weeks

A man who stabbed a 16-year-old girl 28 times has pleaded guilty to her murder.

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 admitted the offence at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday, South Yorkshire Police confirmed.

Shea Peter Heeley has admitted murdering teenager Leonne Weeks (South Yorkshire Police/PA)

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.

“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.”