A 17-year-old who butchered his stepmother to dying with an axe and a samurai sword has been jailed for all times.

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Rueben Brathwaite murdered canine rescuer Fiona Scourfield, 54, at their countryside farm earlier than attempting to add photos of her mutilated physique to the web.

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Swansea Crown Court docket heard on Friday how {the teenager} grew to become ‘obsessed’ with watching movies of beheading, suicide, and mass homicide on web site 4chan.

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Rueben Brathwaite, 17, seems to smirk in a mugshot taken by police (Image: PA)

The courtroom heard Brathwaite instantly made a 999 name to admit the killing, telling an operator he had turn out to be ‘fed up’ together with his life.

Prosecutor Paul Hipkin mentioned the teenager had lived together with his panorama gardener father, Charles Brathwaite, and his stepmother at their log cabin on Broodmoor Farm in St Clears, Carmarthenshire, Wales, the place he started accessing pictures and movies of utmost violence on-line.

Mr Hipkin mentioned: ‘Within the lead up he accessed pictures of killings of some brutality on the web through a web site within the USA.

‘The pictures demonstrated homicide, dying and mutilation.’

Brathwaite determined to hold out the assault after returning dwelling from college on March 6 this 12 months, after first contemplating killing her the evening earlier than.

Fiona Scourfield was butchered to dying by her personal stepson (Image: PA)

He collected an axe whereas tending to his household’s livestock and a samurai sword which was saved beneath his dad’s mattress.

He mentioned he referred to as to his stepmother to return outdoors to examine on their cat, and when she did he struck her cranium with the blunt aspect of the axe, earlier than repeatedly placing her head as she lay on the ground.

He then used the samurai sword to repeatedly slice and stab at her neck.

Within the 999 name made to police he mentioned: ‘I’ve simply killed somebody. The individual is Fiona Scourfield.

‘I do know she’s useless. Her pulse has stopped. There’s no indicators of life.

Rueben Brathwaite instantly made a 999 name to admit the killing (Image: Wales Information Service)

‘I hit her so many instances within the head, about eight to 9 instances with the axe.’

Requested why he had killed her, Brathwaite advised the operator: ‘I’m simply fed up with my life.

‘I wished to commit suicide however I couldn’t. So I assumed if I killed another person it will get me out.’

He later advised police: ‘She takes excellent care of me. I’m positive she loves me and my father.

‘I simply wished her useless so I might have a life.’

Extra: UK

He mentioned he selected to attempt to knock his stepmother out earlier than slicing her throat as a result of he wished to ‘kill her with out misery, actually’.

Brathwaite admitted attempting to then add photographs of her physique to the American web site 4chan, the place nameless customers share content material, however was unsuccessful.

He was arrested by Dyfed-Powys Police strolling close to the farm and later pleaded responsible to homicide at a listening to at Swansea Crown Court docket.

Paul Hobson, defending, mentioned Brathwaite had watched violent content material usually within the months resulting in the killing.

Mr Hobson mentioned: ‘He realises what his method to viewing that materials should have had on his considering.

‘After time a pure revulsion to ache and crime grew to become deadened to him.’

Extra: UK

Decide Simon Picken mentioned Brathwaite had complained of loneliness, unhappiness and despair main as much as the assault, however had not been affected by any psychological well being situation.

The decide mentioned: ‘The savagery of the assault on this defenceless lady makes this case all the more serious.

‘Little doubt impressed by the graphic pictures seen on the web within the months earlier than the assault, you tried to add pictures of the assault to the web.

‘Your obsession went to watching materials together with mass murders and massacres.’

Brathwaite, who the decide dominated may very well be recognized regardless of his age, was jailed for all times with a minimal time period of 15 years.



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