The mother of murdered schoolboy Breck Bednar claims her son’s killer has contacted her online from prison but says the police won’t do anything about it.
Lorin LaFave claims Lewis Daynes, who was jailed for life after stabbing the 14-year-old, has written two open letters criticising the mother-of-four’s behaviour in the wake of his death.
The 20-year-old lured the teenager to his flat in Grays, Essex, after grooming him online and fatally slashed him across the neck in a ‘sexually motivated attack’ in December 2014.
An online blog, purportedly written by the murderer , claimed that Breck had suffered “severe abuse at home” and his mother had once left him alone while she went on holiday with her boyfriend.
He also criticised her actions, claiming that it was not “normal behaviour” to set up a trust fund for donations within 48 hours of Breck’s death.
Daynes also claimed that Lorin ‘lied about spending the first year after Breck’s death in bed’ and instead ‘traveled locally and abroad to meetings with the media’.
When the letters emerged in January this year, Lorin said she had ‘no doubt’ a person who had penned them was her son’s killer.
She told the BBC: “It’s very distressing and I know it’s him.”
Lorin has since reported the man to police but was told that ‘no action could be taken’.
A statement from Essex Police said: “We have concluded our investigations into the posting of the blogs on Google.
“Following advice from the CPS Essex Police concluded there was insufficient evidence to charge anyone for any offences.”
Lorin, from Surrey, told The Sun : The things he is saying are so hurtful.
“It makes a mockery of the system, that a murderer serving life can actually do this from inside a prison.
“It is another twist of the knife.
Essex Police told the paper there was “insufficient evidence” to charge anyone while Google, which hosts the blog site, reportedly said that the matter should be dealt with between indiviudals.
Ms LaFave claimed Daynes initially sent her an online message on Thanksgiving because he knew ‘I’m a family person and we would be having a big get together’.
The murderer then sent her a second ahead of a BBC Three TV programme on her son, which was aired in January, she said.
She added that she knows the person behind the two letters is Daynes because she had ‘a lot of contact’ with him when he was gaming with Breck.
“I can tell the way he speaks and have no doubt it’s him,” said Ms LaFave, who is from the US.
The Ministry of Justice said at the time that there was no evidence of such communication in Daynes’s prison cell.
But Ms LaFave said that if the killer did not send the letters himself, he had someone else do it for him.
“If he hasn’t done it directly, he’s had someone do it on his behalf,” she told the BBC.
She did not describe the content of the online letters.
The Prison Service previously told the Mirror Online that it would carry out a search of Daynes’s cell as a ‘matter of urgency’.
A spokesperson said: Prisoners are banned from using mobile phones and social media. If they break the rules they will be disciplined and can have time added onto their sentence.”
Breck, from Caterham, travelled to Daynes’s flat after being groomed by him online.
But after arriving at the premises, he was attacked and fatally slashed in the neck by the man.
Prosecutors said the murder was sexually motivated, with Daynes having bought duct tape, condoms and syringes before luring Breck to his flat.
There was evidence of sexual activity between the pair before Breck’s death, the court heard.
Daynes was jailed for life with a minimum of 25 years at Chelmsford Crown Court last year for the brutal killing.
Earlier this year BBC Three aired a programme on his victim’s murder, called: ‘Murder Games: The Life And Death Of Breck Bednar.’
In the programme, one of Breck’s friends told of how the teenager became isolated and secretive and stopped smiling after he started chatting with Daynes online.
But despite this, he refused to listen to friends’ concerns about the man, he said.
“I did try and talk to Breck about why he started not coming up [to Air Cadets] and he just shoved me off with generic answer like ‘I cant, I’m busy’,” said the friend.
“Its literally like someone just flicked a switch and he stopped. The smiling happy Breck wasn’t there any more. He kept everything to himself and became much more isolated.
“Looking back that was probably a sign that something wasn’t quite right. There was something going on with him, which as a group we just couldn’t work out.”
Meanwhile, Ms LaFave told the programme that Daynes started to have an impact on her son’s attitude toward daily life.
“[Breck would say] ‘Lewis doesn’t think I should have to do chores when I don’t make any messes, Lewis doesn’t think I should have to go to church if I don’t believe in God, Lewis doesn’t think I have to finish school because he can get me an apprenticeship with Microsoft when I’m 16,” she said.
Ms LaFave now campaigns for greater awareness of online safety after founding The Breck Bednar Memorial Foundation.
The foundation hopes to arm youngsters with the knowledge of the signs of grooming and potentially save lives.
Last November, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it had written to relevant National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead officers to urge them to share best practice nationally on the handling of grooming reports following an investigation into Breck’s case.
The investigation found the Surrey Police call handler and their supervisor lacked knowledge of dealing with grooming concerns when Ms LaFave alerted them to her concerns about Daynes.
It also found that Ms LaFave had provided information when she called the force in December 2013 which should have flagged the potential risk of her son being groomed.
Surrey Police now has a checklist on child sexual exploitation and grooming cases that staff members are required to follow, it is reported.
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