Murderer Matthew Mason has been jailed for a minimum of 28 years after being convicted of beating his schoolboy lover to death.
Mason, aged 19, killed 15-year-old Alex Rodda after driving him to a secluded wooded area in Cheshire before hitting him 15 times with a wrench on December 12, 2019.
Chester Crown Court had previously heard Mason, of Ash Farm in Ollerton, Knutsford, was arrested the next day after a witness told police they took a picture of a car near to the crime scene.
Mason was stopped later that day by police officers who discovered dried blood on his hands and fingers while a blood-stained fleece, murder weapon, and Alex’s large padded jacket was in the boot of his Renault Clio.
Mason told the court he had engaged in sexual activity with Alex on at least three occasions. The court previously heard he paid the younger boy £2,000 so he wouldn’t reveal the nature of their relationship.
He was arrested and charged with murder.
Judge Steven Everett has now jailed Mason for at least 28 years.
He said: “Although I accept he may have initiated contact with you, I am sure you not only responded to it, but actively encouraged a sexual relationship by sending him messages and the image you sent him of your erect penis and a video of you masturbating.
“In that regard, you clearly encouraged your young victim to involve himself in what was clearly his first real sexual experience. In other words, you groomed him.
“This was carefully planned and ruthlessly carried out, showing no empathy and a callous disregard for Alex, his family and friends.
You are a selfish individual and thought about nobody but yourself.”