A gay businessman died after being beaten by a man he paid to fight for sexual thrills, a court heard yesterday.

Colin Butler, 49, suffered fractures to his head, neck and ribs after Keiran Avery, 21, allegedly hit and kicked him.

Reading crown court heard that Butler had paid Avery £50 to take part in sparring matches with him, which he gained sexual excitement from.

The prosecution said that Butler enjoyed hitting and being beaten by other men.

The pair were not in a relationship but would take part in agreed fights or “spontaneous physical violence” over arguments.

It was alleged that Avery drunkenly attacked Butler on October 24th last year near his home in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, an assault which prosecutor Amjad Malik described as being “in cold blood”.

The court heard that after realising Butler was dead, Avery hid his body behind a hedge and called his girlfriend’s sister to admit what he had done. Butler’s body was found by police in his front garden.

A post-mortem examination found that Butler was hit no less than 20 times and there was no evidence he had landed any blows.

Avery admits manslaughter but denies a charge of murder. The case continues.