A UK based newspaper published in Norfolk has blamed the torturing and murder of a man on the popular survival horror franchise, Resident Evil. Derek Blake, aged 44, was discovered in a bath of water in a flat in Great Yarmouth on May 24th. Ricky Roys, 20, Andrew Brown, 42, and Helen Cooke, 19, all pleaded guilty to murder and each will serve a minimum of 18 years.
A pathologist discovered that the victim had suffered over 104 separate injuries and wounds, prompting the pathologist to label it a “painful and humiliating” ordeal. The comparison to the Resident Evil games came from one of the killers as he compared the alcohol driven attack to the graphic video-games. The attack included horrible acts of mutilation such as pouring boiling water on the victim and inflicting cuts and burns all over his body. The letter “J” was also carved into the side of his face.
Judge Peter Jacobs said:
“This was a murder involving sadistic conduct. This went far beyond a punishment beating and the infliction of this many injuries confirms you intended to kill him.
Prosecutor Graham Parkin had earlier told the court:
“A claw hammer, a boning knife and another knife were found in the flat and these had been used in the attack. Mr Blake may have survived for some hours after the attack. He would have been conscious for much of that and would have been in extreme pain. Acts of torture took place – sadistic acts.”