The devastated father of murdered schoolboy Alex Rodda has hit out as his son’s killer for treating him ‘like a prostitute’ after particulars of their intimate sexual relationship have been revealed in courtroom.
Adam Rodda Snr known as Matthew Mason ‘devious’ after seeing him convicted for the ‘ferocious and cruel assault’ on Alex to cease him exposing their sexual affair to his girlfriend.
Mason, then 18, lured 15-year-old Alex Rodda to distant woodland close to the village of Ashley in Cheshire with the promise of intercourse earlier than beating him to demise with a wrench.
Final month, Mason, now 20, was jailed for all times to serve a minimal of 28 years after he was discovered responsible of homicide following a month-long trial at Chester Crown Courtroom.
Mr Rodda additionally says his household, who’re nonetheless ‘very upset’ by the lack of Alex, have have been tormented by on-line trolls for the reason that case grew to become public, with some saying that the schoolboy ‘deserved’ his destiny.
Throughout a prolonged homicide trial, it was revealed that Alex had been in an intimate sexual relationship with Mason previous to the killing in 2019.
However coming from a rich farming background, Mason believed that his pals wouldn’t settle for him if he was homosexual or bisexual.
Adam Rodda Snr says killer Matthew Mason handled his 15-year-old son Alex ‘like a prostitute’ earlier than bludgeoning him to demise in secluded woodland. Pictured: Mr Rodda exterior courtroom following Mason’s responsible verdict
Matthew Mason, 20, (left) admitted bludgeoning 15-year-old Alex Rodda (proper) to demise with a wrench in woods in Ashley, Cheshire, on December 12, 2019 however denied homicide. He was nonetheless discovered responsible of homicide and jailed for at least 28 years
After having intercourse with Alex, who was underneath the age of consent, Mason knew he might be dealing with critical penalties if his secret was revealed, the trial heard.
So when Alex allegedly threatened to reveal their affair, Mason paid him £2,000 to maintain quiet over a three-week interval, but continued to ‘groom’ him after.
On 12 December 2019, Mason lured Alex to a woodland off Ashley Mill Lane, the place he repeatedly struck him over the pinnacle with a wrench.
He then smoked a cigarette while Alex, from Pickmere, close to Knutsford, lay helpless on the bottom, earlier than leaving him to die alone.
Alex’s semi-naked physique was discovered by refuse collectors on December 13, 2019. His head and physique had suffered at the very least 15 blows.
Within the week earlier than the homicide, Mason had made web searches for phrases together with ‘what would occur if you happen to kicked somebody down the steps’, ‘on a regular basis poison’ and ‘The mysteries of Cheshire unsolved deaths of lacking folks’.
Mr Rodda additionally says his household, who’re nonetheless ‘very upset’ by the lack of Alex, have have been tormented by on-line trolls for the reason that case grew to become public, with some saying that the schoolboy ‘deserved’ his destiny. Pictured: Alex’s brother Adam, his mom Lisa, his father Adam and Adam’s associate Maxine Pritchard
The 20-year-old had used a protracted and heavy wrench (pictured) to repeatedly beat 15-year-old Alex to the pinnacle and physique with an estimated 15 separate blows and inflicting deadly accidents
Mason dragged Alex’s physique to the monitor together with the street in an try and put him inside his automobile. After failing, he drove away. Mason had dried blood on his arms and inside his automobile was a bin bag together with his blood-stained inexperienced fleece, the wrench and Alex’s giant padded jacket
Mason drove Alex to a wooded space in Cheshire and subjected him to a ferocious and assault
The sufferer’s household needed to endure the distressing element of their son’s killing – and the killer’s assaults on Alex’s character together with claims of blackmail – throughout the homicide trial.
The method has left Mr Rodda sad on the justice system – and eager to set the report straight concerning the great son he misplaced to a brutal crime.
Chatting with the Manchester Night Information, Mr Rodda stated: ‘Alex was type and thoughtful, vigorous, he beloved his music and know-how – he had every thing going for him.
‘He was a giant 6ft 2in lad however he was like a child, he nonetheless wished consideration, he nonetheless wished a cuddle.
‘He was taking on my pub; he stated to me: “Dad once you retire, I am going to take over it.”.
Matthew Mason (pictured left), 20, bludgeoned Alex Rodda (proper), 15, to demise with a wrench in Ashley, Cheshire. Mason admitted hitting Rodda with the wrench however denied homicide
‘He was good at it and he beloved the hospitality facet of it.
‘He did not actually have ambition like Adam [Rodda Jnr, Alex’s brother], he was much more laid again and we have been comfortable to embrace that.’
The household has skilled loss earlier than, Mr Rodda stated, however nothing like this. Mr Rodda stated: ‘The best way he handed has been significantly laborious for the broader household – they’re hurting too.
‘Each Nanas miss him dreadfully, his cousins, aunties, uncles – they have been all very upset about it.’
All through the trial, Mason frequently instructed the jury that Alex was blackmailing him, utilizing the proof introduced earlier than the courtroom to additional his defence.
Mr Rodda stated: ‘That is crucial factor for me – a part of the issue is the justice system.
‘The very fact he can say ‘no remark’ in his interview, await all of the proof to be offered, then weave his story round that proof is unsuitable.
‘He was very on the ball with the proof – he was practised, he was prepared for the query.
Alex’s mom Lisa Rodda, pictured arriving at Chester Crown Courtroom in December
‘Something from exterior the proof he was ineffective, he lied, he was tongue-tied.
‘The justice system just isn’t proper.
‘Folks have gotten to reply for his or her crimes and never be provided that (no remark) alternative.
‘Alex clearly has contributed to his personal downfall to a level due to what he did.
‘Nevertheless it was by no means blackmail, it was about being paid for intercourse and to be saved quiet.
‘However all he [Mason] can say is blackmail.’
It was advised by Mason that Alex instructed him he ‘would damage his life both socially or financially’, if he did not pay up.
Mr Rodda stated: ‘When would any 15-year-old use phrases like that? – Alex would not.
‘He appreciated good issues, he would love treating his pals.
‘He will get this chap who a) provides him consideration, his first associate and b) he’s paying him.
The order of service from the 15-year-old’s funeral on Wednesday 29 January, 2020
Alex’s mother and father launched a video of their 15-year-old son. In an announcement, his household stated: ‘Our son Alex was a beautiful, light, loving, type, caring, respectful boy who beloved life and lived life to the total. His valuable life was reduce brief all too quickly by the hands of Matthew Mason’
‘Any 15-year-old goes to simply accept that and assume it is nice – however clearly it wasn’t proper.’
As he gave proof, Mason, of Ash Farm in Ollerton, Knutsford, spoke in a robotic, gradual, nearly methodical monotone in response to questions requested of him.
This facade quickly slipped as he reached day three on the stand.
Mr Rodda stated: ‘After the very first break, the prosecution staff and the police trawled by means of his social media movies to see if he was placing (the voice) on – and he was.
‘As the times wore on he wore out of it.
‘That is how devious he was – the actual fact he wished to disguise the way in which he spoke. He knew what he was doing.
‘The very fact someone would fairly homicide someone than come out as homosexual suggests there’s something unsuitable with him – regular folks do not try this.
‘(Being homosexual) was the very last thing he wished to be.
‘At any level he might have stated to Alex: ‘This isn’t occurring, I am not providing you with any extra money, we’re completed’.
‘I do not understand how his thought course of was, pondering “I am going to go and shut this child up completely to cease him from saying one thing he was going to say”.’
Alex Rodda’s household share heart-breaking statements with courtroom
In a sufferer impression assertion learn in courtroom immediately, Alex’s father, Adam Rodda Snr, stated: ‘I’m the daddy of Alex and I give this assertion on behalf of his mom, his brothers, sisters, grandparents, wider household and pals.
‘Alex was my and my ex-wife’s little one. He was 15 on the time of his demise and he was in his closing 12 months at Holmes Chapel, the place he has many pals.
‘Alex would usually finish a name and he would all the time say ‘I like you’ on the finish of each cellphone name to his mum and to me.
‘He would say this irrespective if his pals have been there or not. It by no means stopped him.
‘He all the time contributed himself to issues he wished and prospects at work beloved Alex, his confidence and happiness and he made an impression on individuals who would do anything however love him.
‘I’ve misplaced rely of the quantity of occasions prospects stated how pretty he was. He would all the time give them a hug and a kiss.
‘However I’ll by no means recover from the lack of our stunning little boy.
‘I’ll by no means get the prospect to see him expertise issues in life that all of us take as a right; having a loving relationship, getting married, having kids, studying to drive and proudly owning a automobile – one thing he was specific wanting ahead to.
‘I’m personally devastated for my poor boy feeling scared and alone earlier than his demise.
‘I can’t relaxation till I do know what occurred to my little boy.
‘If I do know the struggling he went by means of I also can endure the ache he suffered and I can share the ache, then I might really feel he has not suffered alone.
‘I’ll by no means know what occurred. I really feel like I failed to guard my stunning boy and I’ll by no means recover from that feeling.’
Lisa Rodda, Alex’s mom stated: ‘For many who have had a toddler can solely know the enjoyment you expertise by having that little one of your personal. It is unconditional love.
‘They develop into the most important treasure in your life.
‘While you lose your little one in probably the most horrific and brutal circumstances, as mother and father you actually do expertise hell.’
Since Alex was reported as lacking, the household have been tormented by on-line trolls who’ve repeatedly stated that the schoolboy ‘deserved’ his destiny.
Mr Rodda stated he acquired messages on the evening of Alex’s disappearance from folks with Russian names claiming to have kidnapped him – this was later discovered to be false.
Mr Rodda stated: ‘We wish folks to learn about Alex, to see what he was like fairly than the image that was portrayed in courtroom.
‘He was my boy and I hate it.
‘He was a cheerful, enjoyable loving boy, he beloved folks and beloved being the centre of consideration.
‘He did not have a nasty bone in his physique.
‘He may need had his pitfalls however he was a form, comfortable boy.
‘Even at 15, occasionally he would sit with me on my mattress while I used to be watching TV.
‘What 15-year-old boy would try this?
‘Each time he picked up the cellphone or left the home he would say ‘love you’, he would try this regardless of the place he was.
‘He would all the time give us a kiss earlier than he left.’
Since popping out as homosexual to his household at 13, Alex was supported and inspired to embrace his sexuality – in stark distinction to Mason.
Regardless of being bullied over time, Alex ‘took it in his stride’.
Mr Rodda stated: ‘I used to wind him up, I used to joke saying: “Have you ever acquired your self a boyfriend but?” and he would say: “Shut up dad”.
‘It will have been good for him to have had a loving relationship.
‘Sadly his first relationship is one which led to his demise.
‘I simply want I knew what Alex’s ideas have been. Did he have emotions for him?
‘When Mason stated there was no kissing [in the relationship] that actually upset me, there’s my boy wanting to indicate affection and this man is treating him like a prostitute.’
Since his demise in 2019, Alex’s household have continued to rejoice him on particular events akin to his sixteenth birthday and Christmas.
Final 12 months, his grave was adorned with flowers, balloons and teddy bears.
His dad says they keep in mind him ‘at each alternative’.
Mr Rodda stated: ‘It is his seventeenth birthday developing, I’ve acquired messages the place he was saying he wished driving classes and wished me to get him a automobile.
‘I used to take him to a abandoned automobile park and let him drive my automobile and he beloved it.
‘He would have beloved to be cell, to do that and that – he is by no means going to get that likelihood now.’
Trying to the long run, Mr Rodda nonetheless has many unanswered questions.
Mr Rodda stated: ‘I wish to know why he [Mason] did not really feel in a position to discuss his sexuality.
‘Was it his mother and father or did they do every thing proper and it is simply the way in which he’s?
‘I want to know the reality about each single factor on that evening – now it appears like I by no means will.
‘I do not understand how scared Alex was, I do not know whether or not he went into the forest voluntarily or whether or not he was compelled.
‘I’ve all types of questions that I wish to know that I do not assume I’ll ever get a solution for.’