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A cautionary tale: He ‘met his murderer over the internet’

Sunday, October 21, 2012

CARDIFF, Wales – A lonely 64-year-old widower called a “lost soul” after his wife died in 2008 turned to a gay website for companionship, a fateful decision that led to his brutal murder in January.

David Evans, a retired RAF firefighter from the town of Pentyrch near Cardiff, was punched, cut and then viciously stabbed 72 times in his home, leaving the knife blade bent to the left. His killer repeatedly stomped him in the face until it was unrecognizable. The killer also used his cell phone to record a 2-minute video of the gruesome murder scene, which the prosecution said was too horrific to be shown to jurors.

Bleddyn King

Bleddyn King, 19, was convicted last week after a trial lasting 10 days. He was sentenced to at least 28 years in prison.

At the sentencing, the judge, Justice MacDuff, called King “evil and dangerous.” He said the blond teenager, who as a weightlifter is powerfully built, gained the confidence of Evans while chatting on the Internet. Evans eventually invited King to visit his home, where the murder occurred.

The judge was quoted in U.K. media:

“You targeted this kind mild man because he was not a match for you. He lived alone and would be easy pickings.

“You punched, cut and stabbed him to death. It was a vicious, brutal attack – the fear and pain he must have felt in his dying minutes is unimaginable.

“It is wickedness beyond comprehension – you are evil and dangerous.”

Although the video was never shown to the jury, both the prosecutor and the judge talked about what they saw and heard in it.

Describing the video, the prosecutor said that after Evans was killed, “King videoed his body wile giving a dialogue of what he had done and why he was doing it. … He made the video to scare people he may have owed money to. The film was made to instill fear in somebody else.”

“That recording is a chilling record of your wickedness,” said the judge. “You filmed yourself stamping repeated on Mr. Evans’s face as you shouted obscenities.”

The jury also learned the King killed his victim’s cat and set his home on fire after the murder.

Covered in blood, King fled the house after stealing Evans’s car and credit cards. He was stopped by police shortly afterward after an off-duty officer reported seeing a man driving erratic late at night.

The Evans family attended the trial, and afterward issued a statement about Internet safety.

“My father met his murderer over the internet, which I hope will serve as a warning to others who meet strangers in this way,” said Richard Evans, who noted that the victim “was a gentle and loving father, brother, uncle and grandfather.”

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20 more reader comments:

  1. god bless that poor sweet man, he just wanted someone to love.

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 6:05pm
  2. so horrible. he wasn’t even given a chance.

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 6:13pm
  3. This is beyond horrifying and saddening.

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 6:16pm
  4. interesting

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 6:19pm
  5. it had to be premeditated and he only got 28 years. he should have got life plus one year. I don’t believe in the death penalty but sometime I wonder why I don’t.

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 6:21pm
  6. Evil…

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 6:30pm
  7. Beyond vile.

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 6:45pm
  8. this is apalling and sickening….

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 6:53pm
  9. He is a coward. Only a coward would do something so inhuman and vile. He savagely killed someone to intimidate someone else. Obviously a man without a conscience. You can’t put one in someone who has none. When he gets out he will use and abuse others without caring any more than he does now. He may or may not kill again but he won’t care as long as he gets what he wants. That is the way people him him are. In the states he wouldn’t get out again.

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 7:03pm
  10. cautionary tale yoh could meet your murderer on the street.

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 7:33pm
  11. Let me say this: Using the fact that they met over the internet is like saying the internet is THE place for predators and other sick people. Don’t do that! The internet is full of great people, and only one in a handful of the people out here will turn out to be bad news. This is the same as saying “he met his murderer on the street”, and making it sound as if being in public is an unsafe act all to itself. This is a sad happening, it’s a horrible act that was done, and I send my condolences to the victim and others involved in this who hurt for losing him.

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 7:37pm
  12. Yaknow, predators come in all shapes, forms, and ideas. They dont even need to be violent. You dont even have to call them predators. They dont even need to hurt you physically. They dont need to meet you face to face. They can be a group of people who know each other or dont know each other. It could be individuals around you, it can be individuals far apart. Its awful this happened.

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 7:44pm
  13. Horrifying.

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 7:49pm
  14. Damn, that’s crazy. Shame, killing that man for no reason. Hope he gets a potassium cocktail.

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 7:50pm
  15. I know two wrongs don’t make it right.. But I hope he gets what’s coming to him all male person..

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 7:53pm
  16. How horrible for David Evans and his family. That is just so sad. Its unfortunate they dont have the death penalty there for the killer.

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 8:04pm
  17. Omg the anger I feel right now towards that KID and the judgement of such a short time give to him. Ugh EFFIN HORRIBLE!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 8:36pm
  18. What a true coward to prey on someone who is in no position to fight back. Let me say also that this article seems to highlight the fact that they met over the internet. The two could have met anywhere, in a bar, on a street corner, at a party, anywhere. In the end these things require common sense when navigating relationships with strangers.

    Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 9:54pm
  19. Hopefully the “kid” will get what he truly deserves while in custody. I hope he never leaves incarceration alive.. or maybe on life support for the rest of his short life.

    Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 at 3:26am
  20. Why was he not put to death, or, or life in prision?

    Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 at 5:46am