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Tuesday, 16 July, 2002, 15:26 GMT 16:26 UK
'Vampire' boy surfed occult websites
Murder victim Mabel Leyshon
Vampire books and magazines were found in the bedroom of a teenager accused of murdering an elderly widow in north Wales and drinking her blood.


He had decided what he had to do - a sacrifice, the murder of another human being

Roger Thomas QC, prosecuting

Mold Crown Court was also told that when the 17-year-old's computer was removed from his home in Anglesey, experts discovered he had been using the internet to visit vampire sites.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denies murdering 90-year-old Mabel Leyshon in her home in Llanfairpwll, on Anglesey.

Police found that her heart had been removed, wrapped in newspaper and placed in a saucepan. There was also evidence that her blood had been drunk from it.

Prosecuting barrister Roger Thomas QC told the jury members that suspicions of the defendant's interest in vampires were confirmed when officers searched the boy's bedroom and found specialist magazines.

The bungalow where Mabel Leyshon was murdered
Forensic officers searched the house

An examination of his computer revealed that internet sites, including the Vampire/Donor Alliance and The Vampire Rights Movement, had been accessed.

"Whether these are serious sites or were meant to be tongue-in-cheek, clearly the defendant had an interest in such matters and was seeking out information," Mr Thomas said.

Earlier in the trial, the court heard how Mrs Leyshon's heart had been removed, wrapped in newspaper and placed in a saucepan.

Her body of Mrs Leyshon was found on Sunday, 25 November last year at her semi-detached bungalow.


I was really afraid of him because of the look in his eyes.

Prosecution witness

She had died from multiple stab wounds and her chest had been "ripped open".

Fire pokers were left at her feet in the shape of a cross, the jury heard.

Mr Thomas said DNA taken from blood found at the scene matched that of the defendant's.

And, he added, the chance of another person's DNA matching the sample was one in 73m.

Immortality

The defendant - was arrested a month after a BBC Crimewatch UK reconstruction of her last known hours.

The first prosecution witness told the court the defendant had begged her to make him a vampire by biting him.

The girl - a student from Germany, who admitted having an interest in vampires - said she had to fight the boy off after refusing.

She said that she was just overwhelmed at the situation. "It was too much," she said.

"I was really afraid of him because of the look in his eyes. I was really scared."

"I felt responsible because I told him so many things about vampires before and he got it messed up in his head."

The boy was said to have told her the small village of Llanfairpwll was a "perfect place for vampires".

Earlier in the trial, the prosecution had alleged there was no question that the killer had been the teenager.

"The person who entered the house murdered Mrs Leyshon, removed her heart and drank her blood is this defendant," said Mr Thomas.

Knowledge

He added the murder had not been a sudden outburst of violence resulting in death - but a brutal and vicious murder that had been planned.

"By 24 November, 2001, the defendant had learned quite a lot about vampires, certainly enough to satisfy his two main questions - how do I become a vampire and how do I become immortal?"

"He had decided what he had to do - a sacrifice, the murder of another human being was necessary to achieve his ends.

"And with his parents away he committed what we submit to you was a planned, deliberate murder to satisfy his own grotesque and selfish ends."

"Perfectly sane"

Mr Thomas said the defendant was not mentally unstable, but was responsible for his actions.

"These are not the views of a mentally unstable defendant - he is perfectly sane and there is no medical issue whatsoever for you to consider."

MrThomas said that the circumstances of the murder were particularly gruesome, and that he would try to ensure the amount of disturbing material placed before the jury would be limited.

The defendant was interviewed at length and denied any involvement in the murder.

Forgotten

He maintained he had spent Saturday night with a friend - but the friend said he had not seen him.

The defendant also said he had forgotten to turn up for work the same night.

Asked about vampires, he told police : "I don't know anything about the occult."

He admitted surfing the internet for information on vampires, but said he had done it "just to have a look."

He denied having any specialist knowledge abut vampires, claiming he had "just a small interest".

His interest, he said, was in immortality - being immortal for the rest of time - and he would not have minded being a vampire for that reason.

The case will continue on Wednesday.

  • The court heard that Mold Crown Court would be closed on Wednesday because of the public workers' strike, but the hearing would resume at Chester Crown Court.

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