Teenager inspired by serial killers locked up for 27 years for stab murders

Teenager inspired by serial killers locked up for 27 years for stab murders

A teenage "monster" has been detained for a minimum of 27 years behind bars for stabbing two strangers to death as he tried to be like his idols - the Yorkshire Ripper and Ted Bundy.

James Fairweather was 15 years old when he terrorised a local community by carrying out horrific random attacks on James Attfield, and Nahid Almanea three months later.

Despite claiming he was possessed by the devil, he was found guilty of the murders and was sentenced at the Old Bailey by Mr Justice Spencer, who said the killings were "brutal and sadistic".

He said the attack on Mr Attfield was "brutal, relentless and cowardly" adding: "You are well aware of the publicity this first murder attracted. I have no doubt you relished the sense of power and control that it gave you."

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