Killer jailed for life for ‘cold and calculating’ murder of schoolboy lover, 15

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A man who murdered his 15-year-old schoolboy lover in a “cold and calculating” plot has been jailed for 28 years.

Matthew Mason, then 19, blungeoned Alex Rodda with a wrench during the savage attack in Ashley, Cheshire, on December 12, 2019.

That day, he picked his victim up from outside his house in Pickmere, Cheshire, before driving him to secluded woodland.

After murdering his lover, Mason stayed with the body for an hour before heading to a friend’s outhouse to clean himself up.

He had been having underage sex with the schoolboy and paid him more than £2,000 over a three week period in an attempt to stop his secret coming out, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Mason admitted bludgeoning the teenager to death with a wrench in woods on December 12, 2019, but denied murder, arguing he experienced a loss of control after being blackmailed by the teenager.

Earlier this month, a jury at Chester Crown Court rejected his claims and found him guilty of murder by a majority verdict.

Sentencing Mason on Monday to a life term, the Honorary Recorder of Chester Judge Steven Everett told him: "This was a pre-meditated murder, carefully planned and, in my judgment, ruthlessly carried out showing no empathy for your victim and a callous disregard for his family and friends."

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Lisa Rodda, Alex's mum, said: "For those who have had a child can only know the joy you experience by having that child of your own. It's unconditional love.

"They become the biggest treasure in your life.

"When you lose your child in the most horrific and brutal circumstances, as parents you really do experience hell."

After an emotional day in court on January 7, Adam Rodda, Alex’s dad, spoke to the press.

He said: "Our son Alex was a wonderful, gentle, loving, kind, caring, respectful boy who loved life and lived life to the full. His precious life was cut short all too soon at the hands of Matthew Mason.

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"Mason admitted killing Alex from the outset of this trial but still felt the need to put us through the trauma of this trial in an attempt to minimise his sentence. He never once considered the pain it would put our family through or indeed his own family.

"We have never come across a more selfish, cold and calculating person.

"Mason has attempted to blame Alex and discredit his name throughout this trial and thankfully the jury were able to see through his web of deceit.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank the jury for coming to the right decision.”

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