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A 13-year-old schoolgirl who was part of the conspiracy to murder teenager Olly Stephens sent a sickening voice message telling how “excited” she was to be luring the Reading boy to his death.
She said in a message: "By the way, I’m setting up Olly tomorrow."
She added: "[One of the boys] just wants me to set up so then he’s going to go and bang him and pattern him and s***."
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Patterning is a type of online humiliation deliberately spread across multiple social platforms for maximum effect.
The girl told a friend: "I’m so excited, you don’t understand?”
The girl had been recruited by two boys who knifed Olly to death in a field behind his home over a social media disagreement. His killers used Snapchat to arrange the attack.
The girl said in a message: "By the way, I’m setting up Olly tomorrow."
She boasted: "[One of the boys] just wants me to set up so then he’s going to go and bang him and pattern him and s***.
One of the killers used the platform to threaten Olly before the attack: “You’ve got poison in your heart fam,” he wrote. “Olly you're going to die tomorrow.”
It was the sheer volume of social media messaging that enabled police to track Olly’s killers.
"We were really taken aback by the amount of digital evidence," Detective Chief Inspector Andy Howard told the BBC.
There were images shared on Instagram of people brandishing knives, with balaclavas on and hoods up.
"There is certainly a very unhealthy attraction to filming, recording, acts of really quite serious violence," DCI Howard said.
Olly had been diagnosed with autism shortly before he was murdered.
His dad Stuart said: “Olly trusted people too much, it was part of his make-up, it was part of his autism – it was why we loved him.
“He knew no sense of danger, he stood up for himself in a confrontation and was unable to back down, but was kind and loving.”
The girl who lured Olly to the ambush, now aged 14, admitted manslaughter and perverting the course of justice and was sentenced to five years in a young offender institution.
The girl and the defendants cannot be named for legal reasons.
Detective Chief Inspector Howard, who led the Thames Valley Police investigation, described it as “one of the most shocking” of his career.
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