Leeds Crown Court today heard that the first winner of Mr Gay UK stabbed a gay man to death before cutting part of his thigh off and cooking it in olive oil, seasoning it with fresh herbs and eating it.
Anthony Morley, 36, of Bexley Avenue, Leeds denies murdering 33-year-old advertising executive Damian Oldfield. Ironically, Oldfield worked for the company that runs the Mr Gay UK competition.
The court heard that after chewing a piece of Mr Oldfield’s flesh he walked to a nearby takeaway and told staff that he’d killed someone. He told police when he was arrested that someone had tried to rape him
Andrew Stubbs QC for the prosecution told the jury that Mr Moorley was troubled by his sexuality and that he had arranged to meet Oldfield on the the 23rd April and to cook for him.
Mr Stubbs told the court that after sexual activity took place that Mr Moorley then stabbed Oldfield in the throat. “He continued to stab and stab and stab him until he died. Even when he was dead the attack continued until finally Mr Morley cut parts of flesh from the body.”
The prosecuting barrister then told the court: “”From a chopping board on one of the kitchen units, six pieces of cooked flesh, seasoned with fresh herbs and fried in olive oil were recovered. The flesh was human in origin.”
He added: “After Mr Oldfield had died, Mr Morley had cut away a piece of his chest and nipple and then he placed a bank card over the wound.”
The court was told that there was no sign of struggle and that it was possible that the victim was attacked from behind. It was claimed that Mr Morley later went to the takeaway and asked for the police to be called.
Mr Morley was reported to have said to the police: “It’s this lad, he tried to rape me so I stopped him.” When asked how, Mr Morley allegedly said: “”I’m a chef, how do you think I
The prosecution claimed that Mr Morley admitted to the police that he had stabbed Mr Oldfield a number of times.
The Morley’s defence counsel, Robert Smith QC, said that his client was guilty of manslaughter but that he may have been provoked and that Mr Morley may have a mental abnormality.
Oldfield was an employee of All Points North, the company owning ‘Bent’ Magazine, ‘Mission’ Club in Leeds and ironically the ‘Mr Gay UK’ brand.
He worked as an advertising manager for the magazine.
The Mr Gay UK winner received his five minutes of fame in 1993 when he opened a number of gay events and nights.
The competition has been going on in various forms since the eighties. The year that Mr Morley won was the first year that the competition was held with its current name and format.
Colleagues have paid tribute to Oldfield on the internet:-
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“Damian had become an integral part of the Sales team and was well liked by all his colleagues for his humour and infectious sense of fun.
“He was always sociable to customers and was busy developing new areas of business for the company. His enthusiasm for his work often took him beyond the call of duty.
“We send our sympathy to his friends and family,
“He will be sadly missed.”
“You never expect to hear of someone who was so full of life, and so outgoing and friendly be hurt in such a way.
“My deepest sympathy to all your family Damo, you always made me laugh whenever I saw you!
“I’m going to miss bumping into you and hearing your jokes.
“R.I.P Damo, love Cassandra”
The case continues.