October 5, 2011 16:57

Bring Me The Horizon's Oli Sykes embroiled in 'woodland murder plot' drama Bring Me The Horizon Tickets

Man has been jailed for life after posing as singer to lure teenage girl to UK

Bring Me The Horizon's Oli Sykes embroiled in 'woodland murder plot' drama

Photo: Danny North/NME

A man who posed online as Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes to lure a teenage girl to meet him has been jailed for life after he was convicted of her kidnap and attempted murder.

David Russell, who is 20 and worked in McDonalds, was convicted of the kidnap and attempted murder of Maricar Benedicto, who is 19 and from California. He will serve a minimum of 17-and-a-half years in prison after being sentenced today (October 5) at Northampton Crown Court.

Russell met Benedicto through Facebook using the assumed identity of the Bring Me The Horizon frontman and, after convincing her to travel to the UK, took her to Harlestone Firs forest near Northampton.

According to the Daily Mail, prosecuting QC Christopher Donnellan told the court of Russell's actions: "He took her to an area of woodland off White Lane. He asked her to sit down on a fallen tree trunk and said he was going to blindfold her and said she would get a surprise or a present. He stood behind her, blindfolded her, asked her to put her head back, and her arms up. Although she did not see any implement because of the blindfold, the next thing she felt was her neck being sliced."

Benedicto then attempted to run away, but Russell caught up with her and stabbed her three further times. He then fled the scene, while Benedicto sought help in a nearby house.

During Russell's sentencing, Judge Charles Wide QC said the crime was "truly horrifying", adding:

When she was able to escape, you intended to kill her and must have come very close. It must have been utterly terrifying and it went on for an extended period. This is one case when a life sentence is the only appropriate sentence.

Oli Sykes himself has tweeted about the conviction, but has only described the events as "not cool".

Read More On This Artist

Bring Me The Horizon Tickets
Date/Time Venue Seetickets Viagogo

Buy Bring Me The Horizon Tickets

from £22

Buy Bring Me The Horizon Tickets

from £40

Buy Bring Me The Horizon Tickets

from £22

Buy Bring Me The Horizon Tickets

from £39

Buy Bring Me The Horizon Tickets

from £22

Buy Bring Me The Horizon Tickets

from £41

back to top

More News
The Gaslight Anthem unveil modern dance inspired 'Get Hurt' video - watch
Ryan Adams debuts new track 'Stay With Me' live - watch
Lana Del Rey discusses 'Pepsi-Cola pussy' lyric: 'My mum didn't think it was...
The Orwells announce November UK tour
Grimes guests on track by Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff's solo project Bleachers - listen
Silent album raises £12,000 in Spotify royalties
Bring Me The Horizon's Oli Sykes: 'I went to rehab for ketamine addiction'
Weezer perform new single 'Back To The Shack' on US TV – watch
Jessie Ware reveals new song 'Share It All', co-written by The xx's Romy...
Devon record shop goes up for sale on eBay for £9,000
'Weird' Al Yankovic says Prince is the only artist ever to turn down one of his parodies
Manic Street Preachers on new album: 'It's like 'Generation Terrorists' but...
Coolio to release new music exclusively through porn website
Lily Allen unveils Glastonbury tribute video for 'As Long As I Got You'
Snoop Dogg claims he smoked weed in the White House
Lancaster theatre appeals for stolen papier-mâché Frank Sidebottom head
Kid Rock ordered to hand glass sex toy over to court as part of Insane Clown Posse lawsuit
Courtney Love rules out Hole reunion:'I don't want to get on the oldies circuit'
Jack White brings fan on stage to perform 'Seven Nation Army' – watch
Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett to be awarded Freedom of the City of London
The Who's Roger Daltrey and 'pals' to launch model railway museum in Kent
Lily Allen and Beyoncé producer claims guitar music is at an 'all time low'

More News


Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
Know Your NME
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today