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Matthew Mason has been found guilty of beating Alex Rodda, 15, to death with a wrench in remote woodland in Ashley, Cheshire, on December 12 last year
Mason was accused of beating Alex Rodda, 15, to death with a wrench in remote woodland in Ashley, Cheshire, on December 12 last year.
He is 19 years old.
Matthew Mason Guilty of Murdering Alex Rodda
A teen has been found guilty of murdering a 15-year-old schoolboy after he allegedly threatened to expose their relationship.
Mason burst into tears in the dock when the verdict was delivered after a jury of seven women and five men found him guilty of murder by a majority of 10 to two at Chester Crown Court today.
Members of Alex’s family embraced and were also in tears, as were two of the jurors.
Honorary Recorder of Chester Judge Steven Everett thanked the jury and said: “No-one can pretend this has been an easy case.”
Alex’s family today paid tribute to their ‘loving, kind and caring’ boy whose life was ‘cut short all too soon’.
During the trial, Mason said he met Alex to tell him the ‘blackmail had to stop’ and only hit the youngster in self-defense after he attacked him.
However, prosecutors rejected Mason’s account as a pack of lies and accused him of murdering the schoolboy.
Chester Crown Court heard Mason, who admitted he engaged in sexual activity with Alex on three occasions in November and December, took money from his savings and borrowed from his grandmother to pay him.
He said on December 12 he agreed to give Alex a lift to Holmes Chapel but took him to the woods in Ashley after Alex asked if they could go somewhere.
Mason, an agricultural engineering student at Reaseheath College, said he was “intimidated” by Alex so took a spanner with him when they left the car and walked into the woods.
He said: “I told him I couldn’t afford to give him any more money and that I wouldn’t give him any more money in the future.”
He said he told Alex the situation was making him suicidal but Alex responded by calling him “f***ing stupid” and an “idiot”.
Mason told the court: “He said to me something he’d said once before, ‘I said I’ll ruin your life financially or socially and I meant it’ and then he pushed me on the floor.”
He claimed the spanner fell onto the floor and Alex grabbed it and hit him on the head with it before starting to punch him.
Mason said he eventually managed to get the spanner from Alex and remembered hitting him with it twice.
He accepted evidence that showed he hit the Holmes Chapel High School pupil at least 15 times.
He said: “When I eventually got control of myself again I remember kneeling on the ground with the spanner in my hand and Alex was lying on the floor, still breathing, quite clearly very injured.”
Mason added: “I felt sick. I couldn’t believe it, I was in shock.”
“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 minimize his sentence. He never once considered the pain it would put our family through or indeed his own family.
Meanwhile, the judge has thanked jurors for their service, describing the “difficult case” with them having to “sit and listen to terrible things.”