A teenager who stabbed to death a 14-year-old boy he met while playing online video games has been sentenced to life with a minimum 25 years in jail.
Computer engineer Lewis Daynes, 19, pleaded guilty to the murder of Breck Bednar, from Caterham, Surrey, who was found with a fatal neck wound at a flat in Grays, Essex, on 17th February 17 last year.
Today Mrs Justice Cox sentenced him at Chelmsford Crown Court for the "sexual and sadistic" killing
Lawyers for a 19-year-old man who previously admitted murdering a 14-year-old boy have told a court he has a condition which "affects his ability to make sound judgments."
Simon Mayo QC, said Lewis Daynes, of Rosebery Road, Grays, had Asperger's syndrome.
Daynes had been due to stand trial for the murder of 14-year-old Breck Bednar last February, but changed his plea to guilty on the first day of the trial.
In a hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court today, the prosecution said the murder "involved a sexual and sadistic motivation".
Mr Mayo said that Daynes did not accept that his behaviour had been sexual and sadistic.
He added: "There is insufficient evidence for the court to conclude that there was a significant degree of premeditation and planning for murder."
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A man has been charged with the murder of a teenage boy who died after being stabbed.
Police were called to a flat off Roseberry Road, Grays, Essex, at 11am yesterday and found the boy with knife wounds. He was given first aid but died a short while later.
An Essex Police spokeswoman said: "The victim has not been formally identified but is believed to be 14-year-old Breck Bednar from Caterham in Surrey. The preliminary results from the post mortem examination indicate that he died as a result of a wound to the neck.".
She said the boy's family was being supported by police family liaison officers.Lewis Daynes, 18, a computer engineer of Roseberry Road, Grays, will appear before magistrates in Basildon tomorrow.
Police investigating the murder of a man in Grays are looking to identify a potential key witness who could help them.
Liam Holden was out with friends at the Euro Lounge on Saturday, March 9 before he was assaulted in a car park near Morrisons on London Road at 2:30am on Sunday, March 10.
The 35-year-old man from Brook Court in Grays was taken to Romford’s Queens Hospital but died a short time later.
The man police want to talk to is described as white and was wearing a body-warmer and a white-patterned T-shirt. The CCTV image was taken at the Euro Lounge just minutes before the murder.
Anyone with information is urged to contact detectives at Harlow’s Major Investigation Team on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
A man has been charged with the murder of a 35-year-old male who was killed in a car park after a night out last weekend, police said.
Owen Wood, 23, of Godman Road, Grays, Essex is charged with murdering Liam Holden in Grays in the early hours of last Sunday when the victim was on a night out with friends at the Euro Lounge.
He has been remanded in custody to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Monday.
A second man, a 21-year-old also from Grays, arrested in connection with the murder remains on bail until May 22 pending further inquiries.
Police are appealing for witnesses to a road traffic collision involving a pedestrian which occurred close to Morrisons supermarket in Grays.
The incident occurred shortly after 7.20am on Friday when a black Renault Clio hit an 81-year-old woman.
The pedestrian was taken to hospital in Basildon for treatment to ankle and hip injuries.
The driver of the car was unhurt. Anyone who saw the collision or who went to assist in the aftermath is asked to call Essex Police on 101.
Police are investigating the murder of a man in Grays this morning.
The 35 year-old was out with friends at the Euro Lounge in the town last night.
Officers believe he was assaulted outside in the car park area near Morrisons supermarket on London Road in the early hours.
This investigation is in its early stages. A man has died and I need to capture those responsible for his death. If you have any information please contact detectives at Grays on 101 or you can give information anonymously to the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.
The man was taken to Queens Hospital in Romford with a serious head injury, from which he sadly died. His family have been informed.
Police urgently want to speak to any witnesses who were in the club or saw the assault which took place around 2.30am.