CASEY-LYANNE KEARNEY MURDER TRIAL: Defendant ‘not a paranoid schizophrenic’

Hannah Bonser (above) who denies the murder of Casey (below)
Hannah Bonser (above) who denies the murder of Casey (below)

A WOMAN accused of stabbing a teenage girl to death in a Doncaster park was not a paranoid schizophrenic, nor was she psychotic, a court heard.

Consultant forensic psychiatrist Professor Nigel Eastman said Hannah Bonser, 26, who is accused of murdering 13-year-old Casey Kearney in Elmfield Park, in February, had a ‘personality disorder’ but was not a paranoid schizophrenic.

Casey Kearney

Casey Kearney

Defence consultant psychiatrist Dr Alexander Shubsachs, told the court he thought Bonser, who denies murdering the McAuley School pupil, was a paranoid schizophrenic.

He said meetings with her, and examinations of writings she had produced before and after the attack, confirmed his belief.

Asked if he agreed with the diagnosis, Professor Eastman said: “I don’t. I understand why he came to that conclusion but I think it’s wrong.”

Professor Eastman said after reading NHS and social services files dating back to her childhood and interviewing her twice, he diagnosed Bonser as suffering from a personality disorder.

He said that Bonser was ‘unconvincing’ when she was describing her illness to him.

He said she had almost had ‘too many symptoms’.

He said she was ‘playing games’ with him during her interviews.

He told Sheffield Crown Court yesterday: “I think she is probably avoiding confronting things.

“At times she may not be entirely honest and truthful.”

Professor Eastman said Bonser, of Cusworth House, St James’ Street, Hyde Park, was ‘inconsistent’ in describing her symptoms to different doctors.

He added that her amnesia was so extensive that it was ‘not believable’.

Prof Eastman told the court hearing: “I think she has a personality disorder and she does get pseudo psychotic symptoms.”

Earlier Dr Shubsachs had been asked if he thought Bonser had killed Casey of Rossington, in order to get herself admitted to hospital.

Dr Shubsachs said: “I think that is a ridiculous suggestion.”

The trial continues.