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Sadistic teen gamer Lewis Daynes who butchered boy (14) given life

By Staff Reporter

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, who was found with a fatal neck wound at a flat in Grays, Essex, on February 17 last year.

Yesterday 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.

Shortly before the death, Daynes engaged in sexual activity with his victim. Mrs Justice Cox said: "Having lured the young victim to your flat, you murdered him.

"I'm sure that this murder was driven by sadistic or sexual motivation."

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. Daynes has denied these offences, which are said to have happened in 2011 when both he and the alleged victim were both 15.

It is understood the offences were reported to Essex Police at the time and he was arrested but officers decided not to take any action. They were then re-investigated as part of the murder inquiry and he was charged.

Prosecutor Richard Whittam QC said there was no longer a realistic prospect of a conviction as the victim had since refused to give evidence and the case will not be proceeded with.

Breck's mother, Lorin LaFave (47), contacted Surrey Police two months before the murder to raise concerns about Daynes's increasingly controlling online behaviour and the handling of this call forms part of the family's complaint.

Speaking after the hearing, she said: "When a person calls into a police number, you want a sense of security that somebody on the other end is taking it on board - you don't phone the police for fun."

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