TEENAGER Alex Rodda's life was cut tragically short when he was killed by another teen.
His lifeless body was then dumped and found by refuse collectors.
Who was Alex Rodda?
Alex Rodda was a 15-year-old schoolboy who was brutally murdered.
He was a pupil at Holmes Chapel High School, Cheshire.
Alex died on December 12, 2019 at the hands of Matthew Mason, who was 18 at the time.
He murdered schoolboy Alex in remote woodland in Cheshire over fears he would expose their sexual relationship.
What happened to him?
Mason lured his victim Alex on the "pretense of sexual activity" before bludgeoning him in "cold blood".
Alex was later found partially clothed by refuse collectors after he was reported missing.
Jurors heard how Mason, who lived with his millionaire parents on a farm near Knutsford, began messaging Alex in October 2019.
The texts soon turned sexual and Mason sent the Year 11 pupil an explicit photo and video after getting drunk.
But Alex threatened to post the messages online and messaged Mason's girlfriend of two years on November 3.
He wrote: "I thought I should let you know that the past 2-3 weeks Matt has been trying to message me he came to my house in his car to meet me last week but I told him my dad wouldn’t let me out so I didn’t meet him.
"I have told him it has to stop but just thought I’d let you know before he does a d***head move and I didn’t know he was dating you until I went to go follow him on lnstagram.”
He then asked Mason for £50 to stop him putting the screenshot on social media.
By November 23, 2019 Mason had paid £2,020 to Alex as he was "embarrassed about what had happened".
On December 12, 2019 Mason tricked Alex into meeting him in the woods in a murderous plot to silence him.
Once there, he beat Alex repeatedly in a "brutal and merciless" attack – reigning at least 15 blows on the schoolboy's head.
Mason was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 28 years
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