search

Woman jailed for murder of Hannah Leonard

Posted on: Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A woman has been jailed for at least 22 years for the murder of Hannah Leonard in Camden. 

 

Police statement:

A woman has been jailed after being found guilty of the murder of 55-year-old Hannah Leonard in Camden.

Appearing at the Old Bailey yesterday (Monday, 12 November), Lucy Casey, 44 (30.10.74) of Kilburn, Brent, was found unanimously guilty of killing Hannah Leonard, a mother and grandmother. She was also sentenced on the same day to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 22 years.

James Whitaker, 29 (03.06.89), also from Kilburn, was found not guilty of murder.

The court heard that at around 10:30hrs on Friday, 9 February, decorators working on the outside of Bray Tower, Fellows Road, NW3 came to an open window. On pushing it shut they noticed a body on the floor of a flat.

Police and London Ambulance Service (LAS) were called and made their way up to Flat 73 on the 10th floor.

The front door to the property was unlocked and emergency services were able to push it open.

They went in and found the body of Hannah Leonard on the kitchen floor. LAS confirmed that she had likely been there for a number of days.

Four days previously (Monday, 5 February) at about 17:50hrs, Hannah left Bray Tower using the exit on Adelaide Road and withdrew £100 cash from a supermarket before returning to her flat.

She left her flat again at about 18:10hrs.

At 22:00hrs, Hannah was seen in the Sir Colin Campbell pub, in Kilburn High Road, less than two miles from her home address.

By this point, she had met up with Lucy Casey and shortly after 22:00hrs the two of them left the pub. A few minutes later, James Whitaker arrived followed by a friend of Casey's.

An argument broke out between Casey and her male friend in which she slapped him twice across the face and threw an object at him.

Police arrived and found Casey shouting at her friend. Officers calmed the situation and sent Casey, Whitaker and Hannah on their way in one direction and Casey's friend in another.

At 23:30hrs, Hannah, Whitaker and Casey took a taxi to Hannah's address and CCTV showed the three of them enter the elevator at 23:44hrs. This was the last time Hannah was seen alive.

At 02:51hrs, Whitaker and Casey were captured on CCTV exiting the lift on the ground floor and leaving the block. This time, Casey was wearing the coat that Hannah had been wearing all evening and was carrying Hannah's red handbag.

When officers and LAS entered the flat, a bloodied knife was found on the kitchen counter as were a pair of bloodstained scissors.

Both weapons had Hannah's blood on the blades. Officers also found traces of Casey's blood on the handles of both weapons as well as the tip of the knife.

Detectives also found Casey's 'Superdry' jacket in the living room with her ID in one of the pockets.

A post-mortem held on 12 February gave the cause of death as multiple stab wounds. Over 40 wounds were documented to her abdomen, face, neck and torso. Several of the wounds including those to her neck would have been fatal if inflicted in isolation.

Hannah also suffered a number of patterned bruises to her face and body, which suggested that they were caused by impact against a patterned object, such as the sole of a shoe.

Casey was arrested on the morning of Sunday, 11 February at the address of her friend that she had argued with outside of the pub on the day of Hannah's death.

Hannah's coat was found on a table in the living room and Casey's trainers appeared to have been washed, however some light bloodstains were visible on the stitching.

She was taken to a south London police station and seen to by a doctor who noted that she had healing injuries to her right index finger, right middle finger and left thumb.

Whitaker was arrested on the same morning.

Casey declined to answer any questions when interviewed.

On Monday, 12 February, Casey and Whitaker were both charged with the murder of Hannah Leonard and remanded into custody.

Detective Sergeant Colin McKeen, from the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command, said:

"Hannah left her flat on Monday, 5 February. She met up with Casey and Whitaker who she believed were being friendly towards her.

"Sadly it appears Hannah was the victim of a vicious and sustained attack using bladed implements at the hands of Casey, killing her and leaving her in the flat.

"I hope that Casey's conviction and sentencing will give Hannah's family some form of comfort."

 




More News

Fatal stabbing of man in Hackney
Posted on: Saturday, November 24, 2018
Man convicted of killing Romeon Nkansah in 2016
Posted on: Thursday, November 15, 2018
Man convicted of Sabri Chibani murder
Posted on: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Fatal attack on 62 year-old Tanseen Sheikh in Balham
Posted on: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Murder of 35 year-old Devi Unmathallegadoo in Ilford
Posted on: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Deaths of Renata Poncova and Tony Taylor at block of flats in Camberwell
Posted on: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Two men found responsible for murder of Ali Arshad in Camden
Posted on: Thursday, November 08, 2018
Fatal stabbing of 16 year-old John Ogunjobi in Tulse Hill
Posted on: Tuesday, November 06, 2018
Fatal stabbing of 22 year-old Ayodeji Habeeb Azeez in Anerley
Posted on: Sunday, November 04, 2018
Fatal stabbing of 17 year-old Malcolm Mide-Madariola in Clapham
Posted on: Friday, November 02, 2018
Fatal stabbing of 15 year-old Jay Hughes in Bellingham
Posted on: Friday, November 02, 2018
Death of Sheiku Adams, 49, following burglary in Dartmouth Park, Camden
Posted on: Friday, October 26, 2018
Teenager Ethan Nedd-Bruce shot dead in Greenwich
Posted on: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Unexplained death of man in Golders Green
Posted on: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Fatal stabbing of 23 year-old Moses Mayele in Hainault
Posted on: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Murder of Piotr Woroneicki 'may be linked to organised crime gang'
Posted on: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Murder of 32 year Sandra Zmijan in Hayes
Posted on: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Teenager Guled Farah shot dead in Walthamstow
Posted on: Sunday, September 23, 2018
Fatal stabbing of 20 year-old Elyon Poku in Stamford Hill
Posted on: Saturday, September 22, 2018
Death of seven year-old Joel Urhie in Deptford fire
Posted on: Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Fatal assault on 18 year-old Natasha Hill in Abbey Wood
Posted on: Friday, August 03, 2018
Fatal stabbing of 23 year-old Sidique Kamara in Camberwell
Posted on: Thursday, August 02, 2018
Fatal stabbing of 18 year-old Latwaan Griffiths in Camberwell
Posted on: Thursday, July 26, 2018
Unexplained death of woman in Ealing
Posted on: Thursday, July 19, 2018
Death of 57 year-old Janek Brakonecki in Leytonstone
Posted on: Monday, July 09, 2018
Fatal stabbing of 20 year-old Ishak Tacine in Edmonton
Posted on: Friday, June 29, 2018
Unexplained death of 39 year-old Slawomir Weglarski in Greenford
Posted on: Saturday, June 23, 2018
Unexplained death of Matthew Thomas in Westminster
Posted on: Friday, June 22, 2018
Suspicious death of three year-old Alfie Lamb in Croydon
Posted on: Thursday, May 31, 2018
Suspected murder of 22 year-old Bethany-Maria Beales
Posted on: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Fatal assault on 61 year-old Molly Frank in Islington
Posted on: Friday, May 25, 2018
Murder investigation launched into disappearance of Robert Duff in 2013
Posted on: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Fatal shooting of 17 year-old Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton in Kennington/Southwark
Posted on: Sunday, May 06, 2018
Fatal shooting of Leon Maxwell in Queensbury
Posted on: Wednesday, May 02, 2018
Metropolitan Police homicide stats show 44 per cent increase for 2017/18
Posted on: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Fatal stabbing of 20 year-old Kwasi Anim-Boadu in Finsbury Park
Posted on: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Fatal assault on 47 year-old John Woodward in Hatton Garden
Posted on: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Death of baby Lily Mai Saint George from Tottenham
Posted on: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Fatal stabbing of 18 year-old Sami Sidhom in Forest Gate
Posted on: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Fatal assault on 53 year-old Babatunde Akintayo Awofeso in Hackney
Posted on: Thursday, April 05, 2018
Fatal shooting of 16 year-old Amaan Shakoor in Walthamstow
Posted on: Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Fatal shooting of 17 year-old Tanesha Melbounre-Blake in Tottenham
Posted on: Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Fatal stabbing of 36 year-old Leyla Mtumwa in Tottenham
Posted on: Friday, March 30, 2018
Fatal stabbing of 23 year-old Reece Tshoma in Greenwich
Posted on: Friday, March 30, 2018
Fatal assault on 59 year-old Wieslaw Kopczynski in Barking
Posted on: Thursday, March 29, 2018
Fatal shooting of 26 year-old Abraham Badru in Hackney
Posted on: Monday, March 26, 2018
Murder of Nikolay Glushkov in New Malden
Posted on: Friday, March 16, 2018
Man jailed for killing Paul Smith in 1996 Croydon flat fire
Posted on: Friday, March 09, 2018
Fatal shooting of 19 year-old Kelvin Odunuyi in Wood Green
Posted on: Thursday, March 08, 2018
Fatal shooting of Bulent Kabala in Enfield
Posted on: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Fatal stabbing of 19 year-old Sabri Chibani in Streatham
Posted on: Monday, February 12, 2018
Fatal stabbing of 39 year-old Juan Olmos Saca
Posted on: Sunday, February 04, 2018
Fatal stabbing of 26 year-old Yaya Mbye in Hackney
Posted on: Monday, January 29, 2018
Death of 82 year-old Ahmet Dobran in East Ham
Posted on: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Fatal stabbing of 18 year-old Oluwadamilola Odeyingbo in Chislehurst
Posted on: Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Fatal stabbing of 20 year-old Steve Narvaez-Jara in Old Street (1/1/18)
Posted on: Monday, January 01, 2018
Fatal stabbing of 20 year-old Taofeek Lamidi in West Ham
Posted on: Monday, January 01, 2018
Fatal stabbing of 17 year-old Kyall Parnell in Tulse Hill
Posted on: Monday, January 01, 2018
Fatal assault on 36 year-old Sukhjit Dhariwal in Hounslow
Posted on: Friday, December 22, 2017
Unexplained death of John Nolan in Tottenham
Posted on: Friday, December 15, 2017
Fatal stabbing of 24 year-old Alex Vanderpuye in Hackney
Posted on: Friday, December 08, 2017
Murder of father and daughter Noel and Marie Brown in Deptford
Posted on: Monday, December 04, 2017
Fatal stabbing of 18 year-old Kacem Mokrane in Walthamstow
Posted on: Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Fatal stabbing of 55 year-old Catherine Burke in Muswell Hill
Posted on: Friday, November 17, 2017
Death of 29 year-old Johnny Ogunbayo in Park Royal
Posted on: Friday, October 20, 2017
Fatal stabbing of 20 year-old Omid Saidy in Parsons Green
Posted on: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Fatal shooting of 14 year-old Corey Davis in Forest Gate
Posted on: Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Fatal shooting of 19 year-old Abdul Mayanja in Maryland
Posted on: Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Fatal shooting of 54 year-old Cafer Aslam in Enfield
Posted on: Thursday, August 24, 2017
Death of 89 year-old Vera Savage in Upminster
Posted on: Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Death of 13 year-old boy at school in Greenford
Posted on: Monday, July 10, 2017
Unsolved murder of 18 year-old Joao Ricardo Gomes in Enfield
Posted on: Sunday, May 14, 2017
Unsolved murder of 23 year-old Seun McMillan in Southgate
Posted on: Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Unsolved murder of 16 year-old Karim Samms in North Woolwich
Posted on: Saturday, April 08, 2017
Unsolved murder of 23 year-old Bjorn Brown in Thornton Heath
Posted on: Monday, April 03, 2017
Unsolved murder of 21 year-old Ahmed Deen-Jah in Canning Town
Posted on: Monday, April 03, 2017
Unsolved murder of David Adegbite in Barking
Posted on: Monday, March 20, 2017
Murder of seven year-old Oisin O'Driscoll in Ruislip
Posted on: Thursday, December 15, 2016
Unsolved murder of 33 year-old Mohamed Kakay in Camberwell
Posted on: Sunday, November 20, 2016
Croydon tram deaths
Posted on: Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Unsolved murder of James Owusu-Agyekum in Harlesden
Posted on: Thursday, November 03, 2016
Unsolved murder of 22 year-old Akeem Moore in Croydon
Posted on: Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Unsolved murder of 19 year-old Ziggy Worrell-Owusu in Goodmayes
Posted on: Thursday, October 27, 2016
Unsolved murder of 33 year-old Kacper Latuszek in Walthamstow
Posted on: Monday, October 10, 2016
Unsolved murder of David Robinson in Hornsey Rise, Islington
Posted on: Sunday, August 21, 2016
Unsolved murder of teenager Andrew Oteng-Owusu in New Cross
Posted on: Thursday, August 04, 2016
Unsolved murder of Mohammed Hassan in Battersea
Posted on: Thursday, August 04, 2016
Unsolved murder of Matthew Kitandwe in Battersea
Posted on: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Unsolved murder of 20 year-old Lewis Elwin in Tooting
Posted on: Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Missing Iwona Kasminska feared murdered
Posted on: Friday, January 22, 2016
Suspect still wanted for murder of 21 year-old Josh Hanson in Eastcote
Posted on: Sunday, October 11, 2015
Unsolved murder of Erdogan Guzel in Wood Green
Posted on: Saturday, July 11, 2015
Latest News
2018 archive
2017 archive
2016 archive
2015 archive
2014 archive
2013 archive
2012 archive
2011 archive
2010 archive
RSS news feed

join our mailing list

 
CourtNewsUK menu separator Privacy menu separator Terms menu separator Accessibility menu separator Sitemap menu separator Bookmark and Share