Boy murdered stepmum with samurai sword

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Image caption Fiona Jayne Scourfield was an animal fan who offered with a charity

A kid who eliminated his stepmother with an axe and samurai sword was “consumed” with seeing severe violence.

Rueben Brathwaite, 17, confessed killing Fiona Scourfield, 54, at Broadmoor Farm in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, on 6 March.

Brathwaite was sentenced to life in jail at Swansea Crown Court, with a minimum of 15 years.

Judge Mr Justice Simon Picken stated it was a “savage attack versus a defenceless lady”.

Brathwaite eliminated canine rescuer Ms Scourfield prior to aiming to publish images of her body to the web.

The court heard the teen established an interest in videos of suicide, beheading and mass murder on site 4chan in the added to the murder.

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Image caption Rueben Brathwaite had actually returned from school prior to killing his stepmother

Prosecutor Paul Hipkin stated: “The images showed death, murder and mutilation.”

The court heard Brathwaite got back from a “typical school day” and later on in the afternoon, he enticed Ms Scourfield outside and consistently struck her over the head with an axe.

He then cut her throat with a samurai sword drawn from beneath his dad’s bed.

Following the attack the teen called the cops, admitting to the murder.

Mr Hipkin stated when officers asked why he had actually killed Ms Scourfield, he stated he was “fed up of life” and saw eliminating his stepmother as a “escape”.

Brathwaite thought about assaulting his daddy however believed he would be “too effective” and would resist.

In the 999 call to cops, he stated: “I’ve simply eliminated somebody. The individual is Fiona Scourfield.

“I understand she’s dead. Her pulse has actually stopped. There’s no indications of life. I struck her numerous times in the head, about 8 to 9 times with the axe.”

He later on informed cops his stepmother took excellent care of him and he was “sure she likes me and my daddy”.

Paul Hobson, protecting, stated the violent material Brathwaite routinely viewed in the months resulting in the killing suggested “after time, a natural revulsion to discomfort and criminal offense ended up being weakened to him”.

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Image caption Rueben Brathwaite admitted to the murder after calling cops

After the attack, Brathwaite took 2 images of the victim’s body which he aimed to submit to 4chan, however stopped working.

Mr Hobson stated his customer had actually “devoted a terrible criminal activity” and Ms Scourfield’s death was “ruthless and served no function”.

Brathwaite informed the court: “I think without the best level of aid I think I will stay a threat to myself.”

In a letter to the court, Brathwaite stated his stepmother was a “fantastic follower in me” and desired him to go to university, including she had “a lot love for me”.

Ms Scourfield was referred to as “caring and caring” by household and offered with the German Shepherd Rescue UK charity.

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Image caption Fiona Scourfield was eliminated at Broadmoor Farm, in between Laugharne and St Clears

Mr Justice Picken stated Brathwaite suffered anxiety, distress and solitude however had actually not been experiencing any psychological health condition.

He included: “No doubt influenced by the graphic images seen on the web in the months prior to the attack, you tried to publish pictures of the attack to the web.

“Your fascination went to seeing product consisting of mass murders and massacres.”

A victim effect declaration kept reading behalf of Ms Scourfield’s mom Charlotte stated: “Fiona made Rueben warmly welcome and made certain he was appropriately dressed and geared up for school.

“I think there was a caring bond in between them. My life is damaged.”

After the hearing, Det Supt Gary Phillips from Dyfed-Powys Police stated Ms Scourfield “lost her life in an unprovoked and savage attack”.

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