Teen jailed over ‘sexual, sadistic’ killing of gamer

Teen jailed over ‘sexual, sadistic’ killing of gamer

When Lorin LaFave was told the news of her son’s murder, she screamed so loud she damaged her own ear drums.

Breck Bednar was part of a group who played war games — such as Call of Duty and Battlefield — online.

The 14-year-old’s online interactions had been a cause for increasing concern in the months leading up to his death.

The controlling behaviour of Lewis Daynes, the ringleader of the group, prompted Ms LaFave to contact police. But she had never imagined her son was at risk of such a brutal killing.

Within 24 hours of Daynes meeting Bednar in person for the first time on February 16 last year, he had tied him up with duct tape and slit his throat.

He then sent three pictures of his dying victim to two other online friends.

Ms LaFave was told the news while she was in Spain. “I had an impending sense of doom that day. I don’t know why I felt it but I got a message saying Breck was not answering his phone and when he told me the story I immediately became alarmed,” she said.

“When I heard the news I couldn’t stop screaming and my life changed for ever.”

Computer engineer Daynes, 19, was yesterday sentenced to life, with a minimum 25 years in jail. He pleaded guilty to the murder of Breck, from Surrey, who was found with a fatal neck wound at a flat in Grays, Essex, on February 17 last year.

Mrs Justice Cox sentenced him at Chelmsford Crown Court for the “sexual and sadistic” killing.

Prosecutors told the court Daynes groomed Breck through an online gaming community which he ran, before inviting him to his home, slitting his throat, and sending pictures of his body to friends.

Earlier, the judge lifted restrictions which prevented the reporting of five other counts that Daynes faced. These included rape, attempted rape, and two counts of engaging a person in sexual activity without consent and one of possessing indecent images.


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