Derek Blake (pictured) was tortured to death earlier this year in a flat located in his hometown of Yarmouth, Norfolk, the same town where his sadistic killers lived
Derek Blake was a 44-year-old man from Norfolk who was described as very vulnerable and mentally fragile. He had issues with consuming alcohol but was described as a ‘happy drunk.’ Earlier this year he had met Ricky Roys, Andrew Brown and Helen Cooke at a local hostel and from there, the four of them became ‘drinking buddies.’
From left: Ricky Roys, 20, Andrew Brown, 42, and Helen Cooke, 19
Roys, Andrew and Cooke are all from St Nicholas Road, Great Yarmouth and according to sources, the three had drinking problems. Roys had lived a very crazy and drunken lifestyle and Cooke had begun drinking at thirteen, dropped out of highschool in her mid-teens and was living with her parents prior to her new home at the prison cell.
On May 24, 2012 he was lured to a hostel in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, by the sadistic group where he met his death. At the flat, Blake was subjected to ‘sadistic’ levels of torture, described as being similar to the horror series Resident Evil.
Blake was discovered dead, emerged in a bath full of water in a flat in his hometown of Great Yarmouth, According to the pathologist, the murdered man hadn’t died from drowning and was placed in the water after his death. He had over 100 injuries threw-out his body. The Norwich Crown Court listened to grueling testimony describing the ‘painful and humiliating’ ordeal involving the use of a boning knife and claw hammer, Norwich Crown Court heard.
The attacked was dragged-out, making the ordeal even more torturous and according to testimony, Blake was most likely conscious threw most of the attack and was most likely in ‘extreme pain’
One of his killers later compared the alcohol-fuelled attack to Resident Evil. A series of horror movies that involve blood and gore.
The attack included pouring boiling water over Mr Blake, inflicting cuts and burns all over his body and torturing him with a pool cue. During the torture session, the letter J was carved into his face.
When police were called to the flat, they found the murder weapons which included A claw hammer, a boning knife and another knife.
CAUGHT ON TAPE: The three murderers stepping onto a public bus after the horrific attack. Cook is seen in the back, carrying bags which hid the victim’s blood-soaked clothes
Shortly after the murder, the three went on to describe their horrendous deeds to people they knew.
Cooke, a drop-out who started drinking age thirteen, told one person who became a witness: ‘We battered him.’
Roys told another: ‘It was like something out of Resident Evil.’ – Roys defense claimed he had lived a very out of control lifestyle which involved alot of drinking.
Brown’s defense claimed he was to ‘consumed with alcohol to remember many of the events that night.
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. You had been overtaken by the gravity of your own actions. ‘It is obvious Brown took the lead but this must be balanced against the obvious sustained involvement of each person.
Roys, Brown, and Cooke were sentenced to life imprisonment with Roy serving twenty-years before being eligible for release, Brown serving a minimum of twenty-three years and Cooke serving a minimum of eighteen.
After the court hearing, the family of Derek Blake issued a statement saying: ‘This has been a very trying time for all our family.
‘These three people have left three daughters without a father and their children without a granddad. They have also taken a much loved son, brother, uncle and friend.
‘While we do not think that any sentence would be long enough due to the brutal, torturous and sadistic nature of Derek’s murder, we believe justice has been served and these people will be locked up for a long time unable to harm any other members of the public.’
The latest Resident Evil game, Resident Evil 6, was released in early October, 2012.
The fifth instalment of the film series, Resident Evil: Retribution, came out in cinemas in these recent months.
Both feature scenes of extreme violence and gore. The games involve killing enemies using a range of weapons.