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

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

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”.