“A wonderful, gentle, loving boy”: Family’s tribute to Alex Rodda after teenager is found guilty of sickening murder

Alex Rodda was a pupil at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School
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Alex Rodda’s family today paid tribute to a “wonderful, gentle, loving, kind, caring, respectful boy” after a teenager was found guilty of his murder.

Matthew Mason, 19, was today convicted by a jury at Chester Crown Court of murdering Alex, who was just 15 at the time and a schoolboy at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School.

Alex’s partially stripped body was found by refuse collectors on Ashley Mill Lane, on the border between Hale and Ashley, on Friday December 12th 2019.

Matthew Mason was today found guilty of Alex’s murder at Chester Crown Court

Mason had used a wrench to strike Alex an estimated 15 times in what was described as a ferocious and merciless attack.

In a statement released after the verdict this afternoon, Alex’s family said they had “never come across a more selfish, cold and calculating person” than Mason.

They said: “Our son Alex was a wonderful, gentle, loving, kind, caring, respectful boy who loved life and lived life to the full. His precious life was cut short all too soon at the hands of Matthew Mason.

Flowers left close to the scene of the murder on Ashley Mill Lane, just hours after Alex’s body was found

“Mason admitted killing Alex from the outset of this trial but still felt the need to put us through the trauma of this trial in an attempt to minimise his sentence. He never once considered the pain it would put our family through or indeed his own family.

“We have never come across a more selfish, cold and calculating person.

“Mason has attempted to blame Alex and discredit his name throughout this trial and thankfully the jury were able to see through his web of deceit.

A police cordon on Ashley Mill Lane set up on the day after Alex’s body was found

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the jury for coming to the right decision.

“We would also like to thank Detective Inspector Nigel Reid and his team of officers from Cheshire Constabulary for all their hard work over the last 12 months and in particular the family liaison officers, David Edon and Lucy Kennedy, who have supported us through this particularly difficult time.”

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