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03 February 16

KFS plays pivotal role in conviction for the murder of Breck Bednar

Key Forensic Services aided Essex Police in the investigation of Breck Bednar’s death which resulted in a life sentence for Lewis Daynes who groomed Breck online. Essex Police awarded our lead scientist a commendation for his involvement in securing the conviction.

BBC3 aired Murder Games: The Life and Death of Breck Bednar, a docudrama giving a glimpse into the life of the 14 year old boy who was lured to his death by Lewis Daynes.

The BBC3 programme documented Breck’s friends’ first-hand experiences of meeting Lewis Daynes via an online gaming forum. Over the course of several months, Daynes communicated with Breck and his group of friends on a daily basis, fabricating lies about the life he led.

Daynes set out to groom Breck over a period of time, building up a relationship which culminated in Daynes having power over the 14 year old affecting his home life with his parents.

Computer engineer Daynes, 19, admitted murdering Breck Bednar after luring him to his flat in Grays, Essex, on 17 February 2014.

Key Forensic’s scene-going scientists attended Dayne’s flat where a significant amount of evidence-bearing material was found. The material was recovered and examined at the KFS lab in Norwich where our scientists were able to assert that sexual activity had taken place between Daynes and Breck Bednar and that during the course of their meeting Daynes carried out the vicious attack on Breck, restraining him with duct tape, slashing his clothing and stabbing him repeatedly with a very sharp Swiss Army-type knife.

Our lead scientist’s input into this challenging and sensitive enquiry added valuable strength to the prosecution case and earned him a glowing a commendation from Essex Police for his expertise and dedication, in this very distressing case.

Sentencing Daynes at Chelmsford crown court, the judge, Mrs Justice Cox, ordered him to serve life with a minimum of 25 years in prison, meaning he will be at least 44 by the time he is released.

Cox said: “Having lured the young victim to your flat, you murdered him. You had befriended Breck and a number of other adolescent friends through an online community.

“Your contact with Breck increased in a sinister way. The precise details of what happened in your flat are unclear and may never be known. I’m sure that this murder was driven by sadistic or sexual motivation.”

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