Teen murdered ‘loving’ step mum in horrifying axe and SAMURAI SWORD attack


A TEENAGER murdered his stepmum with an axe before slitting her throat with a samurai sword in a horrifying after-school attack.

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DEFENCELESS: Rueben Brathwaite murdered his stepmum Fiona Scourfield with an axe

Rueben Brathwaite, 17, arrived home from a “normal school day” before he “savagely attacked” his “defenceless” stepmum and tried to upload pictures of her body to the internet, a court heard.

He lured Fiona Scourfield outside and repeatedly struck her over the head with an axe before cutting her throat with a samurai sword taken from underneath his father’s bed.

Brathwaite called the police after the attack and confessed to the murdering the 54-year-old.

The court heard when officers asked why he had murdered Ms Scourfield, a dog rescuer, he said he was “fed up of life” and saw killing his stepmother as a “way out”.

Brathwaite considered attacking his father on their farm in Carmarthenshire, Wales, but thought he would be “too powerful” and would fight back.

In the 999 call to police, he said: “I’ve just killed someone. The person is Fiona Scourfield.

“I know she’s dead. Her pulse has stopped. There’s no signs of life.

“I hit her so many times in the head, about eight to nine times with the axe.”

He later told police his stepmother took good care of him and he was “sure she loves me and my father”.

The court heard how the teen had become interested in videos of beheading, suicide and mass murder on website 4chan in the run up to the murder.

Prosecutor Paul Hipkin said: “The images demonstrated murder, death and mutilation.”

Paul Hobson, defending, said the violent content Brathwaite regularly watched in the months leading to the killing meant “after time, a natural revulsion to pain and crime became deadened to him”.

After the murder, Brathwaite took two photos of his stepmum’s body and tried to upload to 4chan, but failed.

Mr Hobson said his client had “committed a dreadful crime” and Ms Scourfield’s death was “brutal and served no purpose”.

In a letter to the court, Brathwaite said his stepmother was a “great believer in me” and wanted him to go to university, adding she had “so much love for me”.

“She had so much love for me”

Rueben Brathwaite

Brathwaite told the court: “I believe without the right level of help I believe I will remain a danger to myself.”

Ms Scourfield was described as “loving and caring” by family and volunteered with the German Shepherd Rescue UK charity.

Brathwaite was sentenced to life in prison at Swansea Crown Court, with a minimum of 15 years for the murder at Broadmoor Farm in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, on 6 March.


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