Welsh schoolboy who murdered stepmother with samurai sword is jailed

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Rueben Braithwaite, 17, admitted to the murder of Fiona Scourfield at Swansea Crown Court

Rueben Braithwaite, 17, admitted to the murder of Fiona Scourfield at Swansea Crown Court

Rueben Braithwaite, 17, admitted to the homicide of Fiona Scourfield at Swansea Crown Courtroom

A schoolboy who admitted killing his stepmother with and axe and a samurai sword at her distant Welsh farmhouse has been jailed for all times. 

Rueben Braithwaite, 17, admitted to the homicide of Fiona Scourfield at Swansea Crown Courtroom in July and has been given life imprisonment in the present day, with a minimal tariff of 15 years.

The physique of Mrs Scourfield was discovered at Broadmoor Farm, close to Laugharne in Carmarthenshire, on March 6.

{The teenager} is alleged to have carried out the sickening assault after viewing movies of maximum violence, together with beheadings and mass killings, on the web site 4chan.

Braithwaite lured the 54-year-old sufferer out of her home by saying there was an injured cat earlier than he used an axe to batter her over the top seven instances earlier than slicing her throat with a samurai sword.

After finishing up the assault, he took two pictures of the sufferer mendacity in a pool of her personal blood, which he supposed to add on the web.

After carrying out the attack, Braithwaite took two photographs of the victim lying in a pool of her own blood, which he intended to upload on the internet

After carrying out the attack, Braithwaite took two photographs of the victim lying in a pool of her own blood, which he intended to upload on the internet

After finishing up the assault, Braithwaite took two pictures of the sufferer mendacity in a pool of her personal blood, which he supposed to add on the web

The body of 54-year-old Fiona Scourfield was found at Broadmoor Farm, near Laugharne in Carmarthenshire, on March 6

The body of 54-year-old Fiona Scourfield was found at Broadmoor Farm, near Laugharne in Carmarthenshire, on March 6

Braithwaite lured the 54-year-old victim (pictured) out of her house by saying there was an injured cat

Braithwaite lured the 54-year-old victim (pictured) out of her house by saying there was an injured cat

The physique of 54-year-old Fiona Scourfield was discovered at Broadmoor Farm, close to Laugharne in Carmarthenshire, on March 6

Braithwaite informed a 999 operator that his motive for the assault was that he was sad together with his personal life and needed to be arrested. He additionally claimed he was too scared to commit suicide.  

The court docket heard he deliberate the homicide her the evening earlier than as he was laying in mattress.

After his arrest Braithwaite informed police: ‘I needed to kill her with out misery.

‘I needed her useless in order that i might have a life. However I did not wish to kill her in any psychotic approach.’

Police at the entrance of Broadmoor, a property near St Clears in Carmarthenshire, Wales

Police at the entrance of Broadmoor, a property near St Clears in Carmarthenshire, Wales

Police on the entrance of Broadmoor, a property close to St Clears in Carmarthenshire, Wales

The sickening attack was carried out in March this year. Braithwaite has now been jailed for a minimum of 15 years

The sickening attack was carried out in March this year. Braithwaite has now been jailed for a minimum of 15 years

The sickening assault was carried out in March this yr. Braithwaite has now been jailed for no less than 15 years

Braithwaite helped his stepmother take care of her menagerie of 32 animals at her log cabin standing in 16 acres of the Welsh countryside.

The court docket heard March 6 was a ‘regular day’ – {the teenager} had come house from college to feed the chickens and goats as typical.

Prosecutor John Hipkin stated: ‘The boy stated after feeding the animals he went outdoors and grabbed an axe from a workshop.’

After finishing up the assault, he referred to as police concerning the twisted assault and informed them ‘I’ve bought blood on my palms’. 

‘After the blood stopped flowing I used my cell phone to name the police.’   

Braithwaite admitted homicide at an earlier listening to. He was 16 on the time of the assault and is now 17.

There have been sobs from the general public gallery as a sufferer impression assertion from Mrs Scourfield’s mom Charlotte was learn to the court docket.

Braithwaite admitted murder at an earlier hearing. He was 16 at the time of the attack and is now 17

Braithwaite admitted murder at an earlier hearing. He was 16 at the time of the attack and is now 17

Braithwaite admitted homicide at an earlier listening to. He was 16 on the time of the assault and is now 17

Brathwaite was just 16-years-old when he murdered his stepmother Fiona Scourfield (pictured)

Brathwaite was just 16-years-old when he murdered his stepmother Fiona Scourfield (pictured)

Braithwaite's attack on Scourfield was described as 'savagery' by the judge

Braithwaite's attack on Scourfield was described as 'savagery' by the judge

Braithwaite was simply 16-years-old when he murdered his stepmother Fiona Scourfield (pictured)

She stated: ‘It’s past comprehension that he might homicide the one that sorted him for the final 4 years.’

Paul Hobson, defending, stated: ‘He has dedicated a dreadful crime towards Fiona Scourfield who was dedicated to her household, associates and animals.

‘He has thrown away his future on the age of 16.

‘If he was an grownup the start line for sentencing would have been 25 years.’

Decide Mr Justice Picken jailed Braithwaite for all times with the advice he serves a minimal of 15 years.

He stated: ‘You made a transparent resolution to go and discover the weapons and use them with the only real intention of killing Mrs Scourfield.’ 

He added: ‘The savagery of the assault on a girl who cared for you makes it all of the extra worse.’ 

Ms Scourfield, who grew up in Laugharne, was a volunteer with the UK German Shepherd Rescue charity.

In a tribute launched after her loss of life her household stated: ‘Fiona was a loving and caring one who will probably be remembered for her kindness, particularly her kindness to animals.

‘We wish to thank everybody for his or her assist at this horrific time. It has meant a lot to the entire household.

‘We’re distraught by our loss.’

Today a 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons,admitted her murder when he appeared in the dock at Swansea Crown Court 

Today a 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons,admitted her murder when he appeared in the dock at Swansea Crown Court 

At present a 17-year-old boy, who can’t be named for authorized causes,admitted her homicide when he appeared within the dock at Swansea Crown Courtroom 

Within the aftermath of the tragedy Suzanne Syers, a trustee on the charity, stated: ‘Fiona mainly ran Wales for us. 

‘She would journey to test on canine welfare and fundraised throughout for us, together with in Carmarthen’s Morrisons and Pets At Dwelling outlets.

‘She liked what she did with us, she was so enthusiastic about canine and animals. She got here to us eight years in the past after we first began the charity. It was then that she adopted her canine, Bruno, who she adored.

‘She adored all animals and was so caring. We’re all devastated right here, she was liked by us all.’

Reporting restrictions had been lifted to permit Braithwaite to be named and photographed.

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