Sick serial stalker who sent 'violent sexual' messages to sister of murdered schoolboy is jailed

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A serial stalker who taunted the teenage sister of a murdered school boy with 'sexual' and 'grossly violent' messages and posed as his murderer has been jailed for 'breathtakingly cruel' conduct.

Dwaine Boakye was said to 'relish' power in his month-long campaign against schoolgirl Chloe Bednar, whose brother Breck was killed by Lewis Daynes in a 'sexually or sadistically motivated' knife attack in February 2014.

In 2016 it was revealed that Daynes taunted Lorin LaFave, the mother of Breck, from prison. He mocked her for her claim to have been incapacitated with grief and accused the media of falsely portraying him as a paedophile.

Now, Canterbury Crown Court has heard how in early 2019 Boakye contacted Chloe, then 17, by adopting different social media personas, including Snapchat accounts set up in both her brother's name and that of his murderer, KentOnline reports.

Boakye was said to not know Chloe or have any association with Breck's murder or anyone involved in the case.

Breck Bednar (left), 14, who was killed by Lewis Daynes in February 2014, pictured with his mother Lorin LaFave (right)

Breck Bednar (left), 14, who was killed by Lewis Daynes in February 2014, pictured with his mother Lorin LaFave (right)

Serial stalker Dwaine Boakye taunted Breck's teenage sister Chloe Bednar (pictured) with 'sexual' and 'grossly violent' messages

Serial stalker Dwaine Boakye taunted Breck's teenage sister Chloe Bednar (pictured) with 'sexual' and 'grossly violent' messages

Chloe appeared on Good Morning Britain with her mother Lorin to discuss the abuse they received

Chloe appeared on Good Morning Britain with her mother Lorin to discuss the abuse they received

Prosecutor Martin Yale said, however, that he carried out extensive research on the gruesome case as well as the family in his persistent efforts to maximise fear and distress.

Boakye, then aged 19, who was a freelance hairdresser, first made contact with Chloe in January 2019, sending her a picture of herself with her brother that had been taken a few years before his death, captioning the picture 'I'll be home soon'.

He also sent two other photos, one saying 'let's see his body then' and another of a skeleton saying 'RIP Breck'.

Boakye sent dozens more messages with graphic, sexual references to the murder.

One said: 'Shame Breck is dead. He was sexy. If he was still alive I'd be all over him.'

Others made threats to desecrate Breck's grave and physical threats against the Bednar family. He also mentioned breaking the convicted murderer out of prison and claimed the killing was carried out in self-defence.

Meanwhile, legal issues between Snapchat and Kent Police meant it took months before Boakye was identified.

Mr Yale told the court: 'Chloe was understandably extremely distressed, scared and confused.

'She described herself as struggling to breathe and being horrified. She felt as if she was being watched and felt unsafe.'

Boakye would continue to contact Chloe by pretending to be Breck on an online foundation set up by his family to improve online safety, writing: ''I miss you', 'Hi, we have a lot to talk about', and 'I'll be back soon'.

He also pretended to be Daynes, writing: 'I wanted him, he didn't want me. I don't take rejection well. I got angry,' and: 'When I get out in 21 years, I'll come see you.'

Boakye sent a series of disturbing messages to Chloe, including this picture of a skeleton with the words 'RIP Breck'

Boakye sent a series of disturbing messages to Chloe, including this picture of a skeleton with the words 'RIP Breck'

Boakye also sent this photo of Breck accompanied by the words: 'Let's see his body then'

Boakye also sent this photo of Breck accompanied by the words: 'Let's see his body then'

Boakye was eventually arrested in July 2019 after police linked his activity to a Sky Broadband account held by his mother, who he lived with in Goodwin Gardens, Croydon.

Boakye, who is now 25, later pleaded guilty to stalking and two offences of sending a malicious communication.

'The conduct was intended to maximise fear or distress. It's difficult to imagine a worse example of this - a grown man tormenting a teenage girl about the murder of her brother while also researching her, her family, and sending pictures to her,' said Mr Yale.

'There was extensive planning and research, and it is clear from the computer data that he knew what he was doing was wrong, researching methods to cover up his tracks and using different social media persona.

'It was over a long and sustained period, contacting Chloe on numerous occasions. Very significant distress and serious psychological harm was caused.

'She made considerable changes to her lifestyle, had counselling and therapy. It retraumatised her.'

Three months prior to his abuse of Chloe, Boakye was convicted of harassing a 14-year-old boy, again via Snapchat, while posing as a 21-year-old woman. He was found to have sent him gun and knife emojis as well as threatening to kill his uncle.

Speaking on BBC Newsnight in 2019, Chloe said: 'I was in disbelief, I thought someone was playing a prank on me… and then they started getting more horrific.'

A police forensic team attend a house in Roseberry Road, Grays, where Breck was found stabbed to death

A police forensic team attend a house in Roseberry Road, Grays, where Breck was found stabbed to death

Breck's mother Lorin pictured speaking at an Essex Police media briefing

Breck's mother Lorin pictured speaking at an Essex Police media briefing

On jailing Boakye for three-and-a-half years, Judge Simon Taylor KC said his 'breathtakingly cruel' conduct had 'traumatised' a young, vulnerable girl grieving for her brother.

'I agree with the prosecution that it is difficult to imagine a worse example than this of an adult male tormenting a teenage girl,' the judge told the court.

'The content of your messages was graphic and plainly calculated to torment as much as possible and exploit pre-existing psychological wounds.

'While some episodes of stalking may endure for longer, this was not an offence that built up. You went straight in with highly offensive material designed to hurt and injure a child, and you just kept going.

'Your victim was particularly vulnerable. She was a 17-year-old schoolgirl whose brother was murdered when she was a child.

'You, in stark contrast, sat behind what you perceived to be the safety of your keyboard and sought to torment for no reason other than your enjoyment.

'I can think of few other cases deserving of such severe punishment. Your conduct was designed to increase pain on agonising loss.

'It is a truly sickening example of cowardly, depraved behaviour fuelled by the anonymity provided by the internet.'

Boakye was also handed a 15-year restraining order prohibiting him from contacting Chloe and her parents.

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