The former partner of a mother who was battered to death by her teenage son in a killing he copied from Coronation Street, has today blamed horror films and violent games for his violent behaviour.
Daniel Bartlam was just 14 when he hit mother Jacqueline Bartlam, 47, seven times with a claw hammer at their detached cul-de-sac home.
He then padded her body with paper, doused it in petrol and set fire to it in a bid to destroy evidence and commit the ‘perfect murder’. Mrs Bartlam had to be identified using dental records.
Bartlam, a former public schoolboy, who was jailed for life yesterday, had also been fascinated by violent video games rated 18 and DVDs, including Nightmare on Elm Street and the Evil Dead series, since the age of eight.
He watched the torture-themed film Saw just hours before murdering Jacqui at their home in Redhill, Nottingham, on Easter Sunday.