Accused South Yorkshire killer’s ‘psycho’ warning

26 year old Hannah Bonser
26 year old Hannah Bonser

A WOMAN accused of murdering a South Yorkshire teenager was discharged from crisis accommodation after telling a mental health worker she was a ‘complete psychopath’ two weeks before the killing, a court heard.

The day before she went home on January 30, Hannah Bonser twice told staff at the Rethink mental health charity in Doncaster she wanted to see a doctor for some anti-psychotic medication.

She also told them she was ‘a complete psychopath’ as far as her thoughts towards other people were concerned.

Bonser, aged 26, denies murdering 13-year-old Casey Kearney on February 14 in Elmfield Park, Doncaster.

Jurors heard after the stabbing, Bonser went to Rethink’s offices where she told worker Tareen Mallin she had ‘killed someone’ and had been ‘hearing evil voices’ which had triggered recollections of her childhood.

Colleague Alan Brown told the jury he answered the door and Bonser asked to speak to Miss Mallin but wanted him to stay because Miss Mallin would not be safe otherwise.

Mr Brown said: “She felt that she’d done something silly and she wanted to speak to somebody. She then said she had stabbed somebody.”

He said Bonser handed over two knives and the police were called. He told the jury: “She was as calm as could be.”

The court was told Bonser was admitted to Rethink’s emergency accommodation at Imperial House in Doncaster for a week in January.

While there, she told workers she wanted to be admitted to hospital because she felt she might harm somebody at some point.

Miss Mallin was taken through Bonser’s notes by defence barrister David Fish QC.

They revealed Bonser, of St James Street, Doncaster, had a history of depression and had stopped taking her medication two months previously.

Miss Mallin said on one form Bonser had told workers something had happened to her when she was younger and she did not know what, but it had made her ‘cold’ and she had to stay away from people so they didn’t get hurt.

She added: “Hannah believes if she is around people they will get hurt by her psychologically because of the distorted thoughts she has.”

When asked about her hobbies on another form, Bonser had written: “I used to read until I read Catch 22 and my mind exploded. “I used to watch TV but the noise started to split my head.”

She was also too afraid to go walking and told staff she was ‘scared all the time’.

Miss Mallin said Bonser had previously taken an overdose and had been admitted to St Catherine’s hospital mental health unit in 2011.

She had also been given a warning by police for carrying a kitchen knife in the street, the jury was told.

Earlier, the jury was read a statement by PC Daniel Sharp, the first police officer on scene.

He described talking to Casey to try to keep her conscious and holding a white T-shirt on the stab wound in her stomach all the way from the park to Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

Bonser denies murdering Casey, who was from Rossington, Doncaster.

The court has heard she does not deny attacking Casey but is likely to claim diminished responsibility due to her mental condition.

The trial continues.