BBC, Aug. 2, 2002
A teenager has been found guilty of the “savage” murder of a 90-year-old widow at her north Wales home.
The judge at Mold Crown Court recommended that Mathew Hardman should serve a minimum of 12 years.
As the jury returned a unanimous verdict, the 17-year-old wept in the dock and his mother shrieked and sobbed in the public gallery.
Mabel Leyshon was stabbed to death at her home in Llanfairpwll on Anglesey, in November 2001.
Hardman – who had lived just a few yards away and had been Mrs Leyshon’s paper boy – mutilated her body before placing pokers at her feet in the shape of a cross.
Her heart had been removed, wrapped in newspaper and placed in a saucepan on a silver platter next to her body.
The prosecution said her killer drank her blood in a “macabre ritual”.
After the verdict was delivered, the judge lifted a ban on naming Hardman which had been in place throughout the trial.
The prosecution said the teenager – who denied the charge – was obsessed with vampires and the occult, and had told others he wanted to kill someone in order to become immortal.