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Obsession and hatred led to savage murder

A GERMAN office worker has been found guilty of the savage murder of a British man whose girlfriend he had become obsessed with after they met on a Website.

David Heiss, 21, stabbed Matthew Pyke 86 times in a brutal attack after traveling from Germany and forcing his way into the couple's flat in Nottingham, a court heard yesterday.

Before he died following the attack in September last year, Pyke, 20, had managed to write "Dav" - the first three letters of Heiss's name - on the side of his computer using his own blood.

Heiss, who denied murder and said he was acting in self defence, was given a life sentence and told he would serve at least 18 years in jail.

The court heard Heiss had become infatuated with Pyke's girlfriend, Joanna Witton, through a war games Website the couple ran from their flat.

He began bombarding her with messages of love, visited the couple twice and pestered them until finally they blocked him from the site.

"It was an act born out of obsession and hatred in equal measure," said prosecutor Shaun Smith.

"It was obsession for Joanna Witton and hatred for Matthew, because he was Joanna's boyfriend."

Heiss flew from Frankfurt and waited until Witton had left for work before forcing his way in and launching a ferocious attack on Pyke.


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