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I had a knife because I was scared of killer; Teenager `had moderate interest in vampires'.



Byline: Elwyn Roberts

A TEENAGER accused of the ``vampire slaying'' of a North Wales North Wales (known in some archaic texts as Northgalis) is the northernmost unofficial region of Wales, bordered to the south by Mid Wales and to the east by England.  pensioner PENSIONER. One who is supported by an allowance at the will of another. It is more usually applied to him who receives an annuity or pension from the government.  told police he carried a knife after the murder because he was scared.

He also told officers he only had a moderate interest in vampires, Mold Crown Court heard yesterday.

The 17-year-old denies murdering Mabel Leyshon at her home at Llanfairpwll on Anglesey in November last year. The youth, said to be obsessed with vampires, was questioned by police over a knife - allegedly used to stab Mrs Leyshon 22 times - found in his coat pocket.

He told police that following the killing at Llanfairpwll he was very scared of walking alone at night to his parttime job and decided to carry the knife for self-defence.

Following Mrs Leyshon's murder and another killing he had heard about on the news, he had decided to take the knife with him ``just in case someone tried to kill'' him.

The prosecution say Mrs Leyshon's DNA DNA: see nucleic acid.
DNA
 or deoxyribonucleic acid

One of two types of nucleic acid (the other is RNA); a complex organic compound found in all living cells and many viruses. It is the chemical substance of genes.
 was found on the knife, recovered from the teenager's home weeks after the killing.

The youth - who is alleged to have cut out the 90-year-old's heart and drunk some of her blood after repeatedly stabbing her - said he had not used the knife but may have used it to carve words on a tree.

The jury was told the defendant said he did not have any knowledge of vampires and had been on vampire web sites ``just to have a look''.

Asked about an earlier incident when it is alleged that he attacked a German exchange student, wanting her to bite him because he believed she was a vampire, he said he had taken cannabis. The defendant had told police: ``I just felt crazy in the head. My genes started going crazy. I could not stop myself going crazy.''

He said he had been holding back anger as if it had been ``bottled up for centuries''.

It was like an adrenaline rush but was 60 million times more than that, he said.

Detective Sergeant Iestyn Davies said that witnesses had told how the youth had said vampires normally killed old women. He replied: ``Did I say that? That is news to me.''

Asked about an article, Celebrate the Black Mass on Satanism, depicting naked females, candles, goblets, and silver platter with blood on it, he said: ``It's tongue in cheek.''

Asked if he had an interest in Dracula vampirism vampirism The practice of drinking blood Clinical medicine A quasi-facetious term for excessive blood tests, which causes iatrogenic anemia. See Anemia of investigation Psychiatry A deviant behavior in which blood is ingested, variably accompanied by necrophilia, , he said: ``Yeah, but not much at all.''

Police asked why anyone should drink Mrs Leyshon's blood. He replied: ``Any sick reason they have got.''

The prosecution allege that he smashed his way into her bungalow home by throwing a slate or stone through the rear patio door which she probably did not hear because she was deaf and may well have had the television on loud.

It is alleged he stabbed her from behind as she sat in her armchair. After her death, according to according to
prep.
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

3.
 the prosecution, the body was moved to another chair where her blood was drained.

It is alleged that the defendant - who it is claimed wanted to become a vampire and achieve immortality - ripped out her heart then drank some of her blood in a macabre ritual.

Her heart was found wrapped in newspaper inside a saucepan which had been placed on a silver platter.

Brass pokers had been placed in the shape of a cross on the rug in front of the fireplace, there was a candlestick Candlestick

A price chart that displays the high, low, open, and close for a security each day over a specified period of time.
 holder nearby and a red candle balancing on the mantlepiece.

The trial, before Mr Justice Richards, is proceeding.

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INTERVIEW: DS Iestyn Davies; KILLED: Mabel Leyshon
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Date:Jul 26, 2002
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