A man stabbed a 16-year-old girl to death because he “liked killing”, a court has been told.
Shea Peter Heeley was jailed for at least 24-and-a-half years at Sheffield Crown Court on Monday for the murder of Leonne Weeks, who he stabbed 28 times.
Heeley, 19, lured Leonne to a secluded spot in Dinnington, near Rotherham, South Yorkshire, in January last year and stabbed her “for no reason at all”, prosecutor Tim Roberts QC said.
The court heard that after his arrest, Heeley said he had always known that he would kill someone, and later told staff in a secure mental hospital: “I like that I have done it, I just do. I like killing.”
Heeley, of Doe Quarry Lane, Dinnington, admitted murder last month. As he was led from court, someone in the packed public gallery shouted: “Do us all a favour and hang yourself.”
He deliberately targeted her to satisfy his interest in killing and invited her to the dark path.
The judge said: “In short, this was a pre-planned, brutal and pitiless killing of an innocent young girl who had her whole life before her.”
He said Leonne’s family will have to “live with that agonising loss and the living nightmare of your evil crime for the rest of their lives”.
The judge said she was a “lovely, lively, funny and caring young girl”.
Prosecutor Tim Roberts QC said Heeley had told a nurse in custody “he had always known that he would kill someone from an early age”.
He said that he “did not feel anything”.
Heeley said: “I’ll go to prison or hospital, but probably prison. If that’s what it takes to stop me killing people, that’s where I need to go.”
At Rampton top security hospital, he admitted killing Leonne.
Mr Roberts said: “He said he could hear her screams.
“He grabbed her by the throat and stabbed her. He said he had deliberately selected that place to meet her as it was secluded and he intended to harm her. He said he heard voices telling him to kill her and he had demons inside him.”
The court heard that Heeley had not been diagnosed with a mental illness, but may have an emerging personality disorder.
Mr Kent QC, defending, said his client told staff at Rampton: “I like that I have done it, I just do. I like killing.”
He said Heeley told prison staff: “Knowing I have killed someone satisfied me.”
He said he also had fantasises about killing all the time and “hitting people on the head with hammers”, which “cheered him up”.
Judge Watson told Heeley: “I make it clear to you and anyone
else concerned with the outcome of this case that the term which I determine today does not mean that you will be released at that point.
“You may serve very much longer. Indeed, if you continue to pose a danger to the public, it may very well be that you will never be released.”
Mr Roberts told the court that Heeley had been referred to local mental health services in the six months before the killing.
This was after an incident in July 2016 when the defendant called police to say he was carrying a machete in public and was afraid he would hurt somebody.
Officers found him and disarmed him and he told them he had been having thoughts about killing someone but did not want to.
After this incident he was placed under the care of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and was prescribed medication to calm his anxiety.
He was assessed by psychiatrists a month before the murder and their report – which concluded that he had no mental illness – was still being typed up when he attacked Leonne.
Detectives found more than 1,000 searches on Heeley’s phone for topics like murder and serial killers, the court heard.
He told friends that “he was a psychopath and he was going to kill someone and they should keep away from him” but they just thought he was “bigging himself up”, Mr Roberts said.
The prosecutors said Heeley carried a knife and told friends he hid them around Dinnington in case he needed them.
Mr Roberts said that when friends gathered in grief after Leonne’s death, Heeley was “laughing and joking in a callous and offensive way”.
He said: “It was plain to him (a friend) that Heeley was not bothered about her death.”
In a statement read to the court, Leonne’s father, Darren Weeks, said; “Leonne was taken away from me by the evil act of a cold-hearted killer.”
Mr Weeks said: “She was full of life. She had such a caring nature and was loved by everyone around her.”