THE chilling ultimate texts between a boy and the teenage lover he killed reveal how their relationship spiralled in direction of homicide.
Matthew Mason, 19, was discovered responsible of battering Alex Rodda, 15, to demise over a scheme to reveal their sexual relationship – with a string of messages on the coronary heart of the tragedy.
Matthew murdered schoolboy Alex in distant woodland in Cheshire on December 12 final yr.
He was discovered responsible of homicide following a month-long trial at Chester Crown Court docket.
The killer lured his lover on the “pretence of sexual exercise” earlier than bludgeoning him in “chilly blood”, the court docket heard.
Chilling ultimate texts heard by the court docket earlier this week unveiled how their “relationship” violently unravelled in simply six weeks.
Alex, who was brazenly homosexual, had recognized Mason at Holmes Chapel Excessive Faculty – however on the floor the pair had little in widespread, Manchester Night Information studies.
Jurors heard how Mason, who lived together with his millionaire dad and mom on a farm close to Knutsford, had started messaging Alex in October 2019.
The texts had been initially transient and well mannered however turned sexual after every week.
Based on Mason, Alex claimed he was “match” and the pair started swapping photos on Snapchat.
Mason later despatched his 12 months 11 lover an express photograph and video after getting drunk on an evening out on the pub.
However Alex threatened to publish their dialog on-line and messaged Mason’s girlfriend of two years, Caitlyn Lancashire, on November Three in regards to the sexual texts.
He wrote: “I believed I ought to let you realize that the previous 2-Three weeks matt has been attempting to message me he got here to my home in his automotive to satisfy me final week however I instructed him my dad wouldn’t let me out so I didn’t meet him.
“I’ve instructed him it has to cease however simply thought I’d let you realize earlier than he does a d***head transfer and I didn’t know he was relationship you till I went to go observe him on lnstagram.”
Alex then messaged Mason, apparently to clarify why he had contacted Caitlyn and claiming their flirty conversations had been “incorrect”.
The 15-year-old wrote to Mason: “u have a gf that loves [you], there’s no want to talk to me.”
An hour later, he added: “Look, your gf loves you. She doesn’t know what to suppose as a result of she [and] you had been collectively for two years like wtf if u had been that severe u mustn’t of acquired your d*** out on the finish of the day.
“U want to inform your gf the reality Matt as a result of I have already got.”
‘I’VE GOT THE PROOF’
At this level, the pair’s relationship started to spiral amid threats from Alex that he would add the specific photograph to social media if Mason didn’t pay him £50.
Alex instructed Mason: “Keep in mind whenever you despatched me ur d*** n u w***** oh yeah i acquired the image you despatched.
“Don’t lie now there is not any level Matt I’ve acquired the proof.”
When Mason denied this, Alex mentioned: “I’ll actually put your d*** on my story and @ you should you do not cease mendacity.”
Mason replied to say he was speaking to Caitlyn – however was dumped by her following her dialog with Alex.
By November 23, Mason had paid £2,020 to Alex as he was “embarrassed about what had occurred”.
Textual content messages confirmed that Alex endured in asking Mason for more cash, regardless of Alex telling him he was “skint” and “could not afford it”.
Alex’s mates, who can’t be named for authorized causes, instructed cops that the teenager knew what he was doing “wasn’t proper” – however mentioned “he nonetheless did it”.
One shut pal of Alex instructed the jury that the teenager “noticed it as a sport”, including: “The distinction between him being a baby and an grownup – he was naive. I do not suppose he understood the idea of every little thing.”
On December 12, Mason tricked Alex into assembly him within the woods in a murderous plot to silence him.
Alex was final seen on CCTV leaving his home on Holly Grove, Knutsford at 5.24pm after Mason messaged him on Snapchat and requested him to get into his automotive.
The 15-year-old had expressed concern to buddies over textual content that “this man I’m assembly desires to take me to a particular secret place in a forest” – however determined to go anyway as a result of he “wanted the cash”.
Minutes after entering into Mason’s automotive, Alex posted an image on Snapchat of himself contained in the car with a small love coronary heart emoji on the backside.
It was the final message Alex ever despatched.
As soon as within the woods close to at Ashley, close to Altrincham, Better Manchester, Mason beat Alex repeatedly in a “brutal and cruel” assault – reigning not less than 15 blows on the schoolboy’s head.
Monster Mason left stricken Alex for lifeless within the woods despite the fact that he might see he was nonetheless respiration.
He then made his solution to a pal’s dwelling to wash himself up and visited mates in two pubs – posting a selfie from one to “lay the bottom” for an alibi.
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Evil Mason admitted he hit the Holmes Chapel Excessive Faculty pupil not less than 15 occasions however claimed he was performing in self defence after Alex hit him first.
He might be sentenced on January 25.
Choose Steven Everett instructed him: “Frankly, you had been convicted on overwhelming proof.
“You ran this trial so long as you probably might within the hope you would sneak away from a conviction of homicide.”