Former Mr Gay UK stabbed victim 30 times then sliced off flesh court told
A Home Office pathologist has given evidence at the murder trial of Anthony Morley at Leeds Crown Court.
Morley, 36, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Damian Oldfield.In 1993 Morley was the first winner of the Mr Gay UK beauty contest.
Consultant Home Office pathologist Dr Alfredo Walker today told the court that Mr Oldfield sustained more than 30 stab wounds, some of them post mortem, and pieces of his leg and chest had been sliced off.
His jugular vein had been cut open in the attack.
Police found pieces of muscle, skin and flesh under Mr Oldfield’s naked body, which was discovered by officers in Morley’s bedroom in his flat in Harehills on April 24th.
Yesterday the court was told that Morley, a chef, had seasoned and cooked some of Mr Oldfield’s flesh and chewed a piece before discarding it.
Chunks of cooked flesh were found on the chopping board in his kitchen.
The victim had a jagged 27cm by 14cm wound in his chest, and a similar sized one in his thigh, Dr Walker said in his testimony.
He had various other injuries such as bruises on the inside of one of his buttock cheeks and stab wounds to the back.
Yesterday the court was told that the pair had been involved in a relationship of some kind in the previous months and that they exchanged a series of text messages on April 23rd, the date of Mr Oldfield’s death.
One text implied that Morley was having difficulties with his sexuality but would “like to try again” but “take it slow”.
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The court was told that there was no sign of struggle and that it was possible that the victim was attacked from behind.
Morley later went to a takeaway restaurant and asked for the police to be called.
Morley was reported to have said to police: “It’s this lad, he tried to rape me so I stopped him.”
The prosecution claimed that Morley admitted to the police that he had stabbed Mr Oldfield a number of times.
Morley’s defence counsel, Robert Smith QC, said that his client was guilty of manslaughter but that he may have been provoked and he may have a mental abnormality.
The case continues.