UK Man Impersonates BMTH’s Oliver Sykes, Jailed for Attempted Murder of California Woman

by | Oct 5, 2011

According to, a Northampton, UK McDonald’s worker impersonated Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oliver Sykes to seduce a California woman he met on Facebook before slitting her throat and repeatedly stabbing her.

David Russell, 20, has been jailed for life after admitting to the kidnap and attempted murder of Maricar Benedicto, 19, who he met online in 2010.

Benedicto travelled to Northampton to meet Russell on April 1, where he took her to Harlestone Firs Forest, blindfolded her, then slit her throat. The woman ran away, and was later stabbed three more times, hit in the face with a log, and headbutted.

Russell must serve a minimum of 17-and-a-half years in prison before being considered for release.

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