A teenager has admitted killing a 14-year-old boy in a sexual, sadistic murder after they apparently met playing video games online.
Computer engineer Lewis Daynes, 19, pleaded guilty to killing Breck Bednar in Grays.
Breck, from Caterham, Surrey, was found with knife wounds to his neck at a flat on the morning of February 17. He died shortly after, despite desperate attempts to save him.
It is believed Daynes met Breck, a student at St Bede’s School in Redhill, while playing video games online.
Barrister Richard Whittam QC said it was the prosecution’s case the murder involved a sexual, sadistic motivation.
In a statement following Daynes’ plea, Assistant Chief Constable Gavin Stephens, said Surrey Police’s handling of the case had been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
At the time of the killing, Breck’s mother Lorin LaFave, said her son was murdered by an internet predator and posted a message to his favourite band Coldplay on Face book asking them to raise awareness of the dangers teenagers face online.
Speaking after the hearing, Ms LaFave said, “I am heartbroken and lost. He was murdered on my birthday this year and so much of me died as well. He is an amazing, clever and beautiful boy and he had so much to give to this world.”
The teenager was a member of the Air Training Corps and attended St John the Evangelist church in Caterham, his family said.
They have set up a memorial foundation in his name to raise awareness of the dangers online.
“I want Breck’s tragedy to open the eyes of everyone to recognise the dangers of online predators. It is a very real danger today. We all need to look after each other,” said Ms LaFave.
Mrs Justice Cox adjourned sentencing to 12 January.