A 16-year-old boy from Ipswich arrested on suspicion of two murders appeared in court Saturday in the UK charged with a double murder.
Saudi national Nahid Almanea, 31 and James Attfield, 33 and a father-of-five, were stabbed to death in 2014 in Colchester, Essex. In March James Attfield was found with 102 knife wounds in Castle Park and in June Ms Almanea was stabbed 16 times as she walked to the University of Essex campus.
Mr Attfield was still alive, just, when he was found with injuries to his hands, arms, face, neck and head but his life could not be saved. Ms Almanea was also alive when found but died at the scene as paramedics tried to save her life.
Appearing at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court the unnamed boy did not enter a plea. He was remanded in custody and will be back in court Monday but in a Crown Court.
His identity remains anonymous due to his young age. BBC News reports his parents were both at today's hearing and cried as the charges were read out. He reportedly smiled at them. Apart from confirming his name and date of birth when read out, and agreeing that he understood the proceedings, the suspect said nothing.
When the horrific attacks took place in 2014 the teenager would have been 14 or 15. His age and the ferocity of his attacks are shocking.
He was finally apprehended Tuesday after being caught carrying an offensive weapon. Police investigations continued this week and he was re-arrested before being charged with the murders.
It is worth noting that up to 11 other people have been previously arrested in connection with the killing of Mr Attfield.
At this time the teenager is a suspect; however if he did commit these heinous crimes there are many questions that will need answering. How does one so young become such a violent killer? Were these two victims chosen at random, almost opportunistic murders?
And if convicted of the crimes what sentence is fitting for such a brutal killer?