Daniel Bartlam a teenager obsessed with the Coronation Street killer John Snape who killed a woman with a hammer, he too committed a similar crime when he killed his own mother with a hammer and then set her body alight, Bartlam will be in jail for about 16 years.
Daniel Bartlam, 14 at the time, of Georgia Drive, Redhill, hit his mother Jacqueline Barton several times on the head with a claw hammer while his 6 year-old brother Dominic was sleeping next to their mum. Bartlam then doused her body in petrol and set it alight, before telling neighbors she had been killed by a burglar on Easter Monday last year, April 25.
Today a year later after his awful crime judge at Nottingham Crown Court send 15 year-old Daniel Bartlam to 16 years in jail.
Horrific revelations of Bartlam’s twisted crime were heard in court..
In the boy’s room were found violent drawings and writings, along with a claw hammer and a container of cleaning fluid. A history of websites he had looked up included “Man kills wife and makes it”; “How to get away with murder”, and “People who get away with murder in shows”.
Forensic examinations of his computer also found footage of violent scenes from Trial and Retribution, EastEnders, Hollyoaks, and Coronation Street — the latter including the Stape murder scene.
The court heard how Bartlam had also written the sick story in which he played the main character, someone who got away with rape and murder. He described the character murdering a woman with a hammer and setting the house on fire computers experts recovered the file of the story from his computer’s auto save which he thought he had deleted.
Bartlam had two hammers, one was a claw hammer the pother a lump one,
both retrieved from the house. Chief Inspector Kate Meynell released the following statement..
“’We know that Daniel spent time planning to kill his mum, and then executed his plan over night. He then attempted to conceal evidence and cover his tracks by making up a story that his mum had been attacked by an intruder.
‘His account did not correlate with other witness accounts so Daniel was arrested. From his computer, we recovered a deleted story about a character called Daniel Bartlam who killed his mother in the exact same circumstances in which Jacqueline was killed.
‘I have personally never dealt with something like this, and as a police officer this was an extremely shocking case, but the biggest impact has of course been on Jacqueline’s family.
‘The level of violence, degree of planning and extent of his lies is not only shocking, but it is also chilling that a boy of 14 could do this.
Daniel Bartlam first said his mother was killed by a burglar, he then changed his story by claiming he had killed her after losing control following an argument, he denied murder but said he said he did it because he was provoked. He hit his mother seven times with the hammer before setting her on fire.Prosecutors said Daniel didn’t showed any remorse and that his only concern is himself. He now wants to know what his position as far as parole is.