A TEENAGER instructed a court docket he killed a schoolboy who threatened to “wreck” his life by revealing their sexual relationship.
Matthew Mason, 19, denies murdering Alex Rodda, 15, however admits beating him to demise with a spanner in distant woodland in Cheshire on December 12 final 12 months.
Alex Rodda, 15, was discovered useless in December final 12 monthsCredit score: MEN Media
Matthew Mason, now 19, has appeared in court docket charged with Alex Rodda’s homicideCredit score: MEN Media
The schoolboy was discovered partially clothed by refuse collectors the next morning, and Mason was arrested four hours after the grim discovery.
Giving proof at Chester Crown Court docket on Thursday, Mason, who lived together with his mother and father on a farm close to Knutsford, stated he and Alex started messaging one another in October 2019.
The messages between Mason and the Yr 11 schoolboy quickly turned sexual in nature.
On October 31, Mason stated, he despatched an specific photograph and video to Alex when he was drunk after a night within the pub with Younger Farmers.
Three days later, Alex messaged Mason’s girlfriend Caitlyn Lancashire to inform her concerning the photograph.
He then requested Mason for £50 to cease him placing the screenshot on social media, the jury was instructed.
The textual content stated: “I believed I ought to let you realize that the previous 2-3 weeks matt has been attempting to message me he got here to my home in his automobile 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 courting you till I went to go comply with him on lnstagram.”
Mason stated he gave Alex the cash and continued to switch cash to him when he requested for it, finally giving him a complete of greater than £2,000.
I used to be embarrassed about what had occurred and did not know the way folks would react
He stated: “I used to be embarrassed about what had occurred and I did not know the way folks would react to the scenario.”
The court docket heard Mason, who admitted he engaged in sexual exercise with Alex on three events in November and December, took cash from his financial savings and borrowed from his grandmother to pay him.
He stated on December 12 he agreed to provide Alex a elevate to Holmes Chapel however took him to the woods in Ashley after Alex requested if they may go someplace to “do stuff”.
Mason, an agricultural engineering scholar at Reaseheath Faculty, stated he was “intimidated” by Alex so took a spanner with him after they left the automobile.
He stated: “I instructed him I could not afford to provide him any more cash and that I would not give him any more cash sooner or later.”
He stated he instructed Alex the scenario was making him suicidal however Alex responded by calling him “f****** silly” and an “fool”.
Mason instructed the court docket: “He stated to me one thing he’d stated as soon as earlier than, ‘I stated I will wreck your life financially or socially and I meant it’ after which he pushed me on the ground.”
He claimed the spanner fell onto the ground and Alex grabbed it and hit him on the pinnacle with it earlier than beginning to punch him.
Mourners flocked to Alex Rodda’s funeral after his brutal killing in December 2019Credit score: MEN Media
Matthew Mason had engaged in sexual exercise with openly-gay schoolboy Alex RoddaCredit score: MEN Media
Mason stated he finally managed to get the spanner from Alex and remembered hitting him with it twice.
Nevertheless, the prosecution has instructed jurors the attack was “brutal and merciless”.
He accepted proof confirmed he hit the Holmes Chapel Excessive College pupil at the very least 15 instances.
He stated: “After I finally obtained management of myself once more I bear in mind kneeling on the bottom with the spanner in my hand and Alex was mendacity on the ground, nonetheless respiratory, fairly clearly very injured.”
He added: “I felt sick. I could not imagine it, I used to be in shock.”
He stated he obtained his cigarettes from the automobile and after 10 or quarter-hour he drove away, going to his buddy’s farm to scrub up and later to satisfy pals in two pubs.
Mason, of Ollerton, will proceed his proof on Friday.