Teenage Killer Inspired by CORONATION STREET Plot Sentenced To 16 Years In Prison

Daniel Bartlam attempted to commit the "perfect murder" by emulating CORONATION STREET villain John Stape, who had killed a woman with a hammer. The 15-year-old admitted killing his mother, Jacqueline, but claimed it was not murder because he had lost self control.

Earlier this year, a jury at Nottingham Crown Court found him guilty of murder. The court heard that police found a montage of scenes from various TV soaps on the teenager's home computer - including fires and a hammer murder. He had also accessed websites such as How To Get Away With Murder.

A judge has now sentenced him to be detained for a minimum of 16 years. Julian Flaux told Bartlam: "It seems you wanted to get away with the perfect murder. This was a grotesque and senseless killing. There was a significant degree of planning and pre-meditation."

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