Two men who murdered a stranger after tricking him on dating app Badoo were jailed this week.
Mark Law, 20, lured the victim, 45-year-old Tim Smith, by promising him sexual activity on the dating app.
On 16th March, Smith drove to pick up Law, who was joined by his friend, 18-year-old Mason Casey.
The two had suggested a threesome and directed Smith to meet at a car park near Gelders Hall Industrial Estate.
From CCTV footage, Leicester Crown Court was informed that under two minutes after entering the car park, the two men were seen running from the scene.
Smith reportedly tried to reverse his car and exit the car park after the two men had left, but collided with a wall and collapsed.
A member of public found the victim’s body, and a post mortem revealed he had died of a stab wound to his heart.
Prosecutor, James House QC, said the exact motives behind the murder of Smith still remained unclear: “He had been lured to the scene with plans of him having a sexual encounter with Mark Law and Mason Casey.
“Law’s true intention whether it was to engage in sexual activity or not was primarily to kill.”
Law and Casey both pleaded guilty to murder yesterday at Leicester Crown Court.
Law will serve a minimum of 19 years and Casey will serve a minimum of 15 years behind bars.
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