Matthew Mason Short Biography
Matthew Mason: A farmer’s son has been charged with the murder of a former schoolmate whose partially stripped body was found dumped in a field.
Matthew Mason, 18, was arrested hours after Alex Rodda, 15, was discovered dead on Friday morning.
Police refused to reveal exactly how Alex was killed, but Mason has also been charged with possession of a knife in a public place.
Matthew Mason, 18, will appear in court this morning in connection with the death of 15-year-old Alex Roddahttps://t.co/HA26q2TXnk
— Cheshire Live (@CheshireLive) December 16, 2019
Matthew Mason Killed Alex Rodda News
Alex’s mother Lisa, 50, said: “Everybody loved Alex. He was caring and kind. Alex was my beautiful son but he was naive”.
“He just trusted people when, perhaps, he shouldn’t have done. I am heartbroken”.
In a post on Facebook, his father, Adam, 58, said that Alex would ‘forever be in our hearts”.
Mr. Rodda, who is believed to run a pub in Audlem, Cheshire, wrote: “I will never get over losing you, son. I love and miss you more than life itself”.
Alex, a pupil at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School in Cheshire, was last seen at 6 pm on Thursday.
His body was found by a farmer off a country lane in Ashley, Cheshire, six miles from his home in Knutsford, shortly before 8 am on Friday.
Mason was arrested four hours later around 50 miles away in Forton, Staffordshire.
‘He loved life and made friends wherever he went. He will be sorely missed.’
Matthew Mason, 18, of Ollerton, near Knutsford, had been charged with murder and possession of a bladed article in a public place https://t.co/AdxP3rc1Ks
— Manchester News MEN (@MENnewsdesk) December 15, 2019
Denis Oliver, the headteacher at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, where Alex was a Year 11 Pupil, also paid tribute to the youngster.
In a statement posted to the school’s website, he said: ‘Alex will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him within our close-knit school family.
“Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with Alex’s family and friends at this very sad time”.
It comes as a 14-year-old boy is also being held by police in Bristol after an older teenager was stabbed to death to a separate investigation.
The 17-year-old died in hospital after being found injured in a Bristol street on Saturday. Police have begun a murder investigation.