UK teenager Michael Hamer has been given a life sentence in prison for beating with a frying pan then stabbing to death 11 year old Joseph Geeling.
Mr Webster said Hamer had written Joe a letter - purportedly from the deputy head at his school - to lure him to his house.
David Steer QC, mitigating for the defendant, said Hamer killed Joe after an "adolescent sexual approach" was rejected.
Mr Steer said Hamer had been bullied at both primary and secondary school, suffering verbal abuse, violence, extortion and social exclusion.
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Look, I'm sorry, but after pouring my heart out on this issue twice and losing every bit of it both times, I'm not game to try again.
Should there be or is there in place now some sort of system that is there to help people like Hamer before situations like this arise? The victim, an
11 year old cystic fibrosis sufferer, threatened to tell everyone about the sexual advance Hamer made on him, which is purportedly what triggered off
the assault and murder. To feel the need to murder someone over something like this is a stage that should not be reached.
Hamer had an adjustment disorder, a psychological disturbance that arises in response to stress. He had a lot of it; being bullied, losing a brother,
not seeing much of his father, being a social outcast, and to cap it all off, not even being sure of his sexuality at an age where that is pretty much
all that matters. The warning signs were all there.
What could the mother have done? Not making judgements, but she doesn't sound like the sharpest tool in the shed after being told by her son that the
red stuff he was cleaning off the floor was 'red pen ink,' after a person just got stabbed 16 times there.
Should developmental (for want of better word) things such as this be left to the family only? Could this horrible horrible event have been prevented
Of course, I recognize how wonderful hindsight is, but it just makes me so sad to think that events like this involving children
, of all
people, are happening everywhere. This is just one of the cases that made it to trial.
My heart goes out to both families. Both lost a son.
Neither needed to.
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