Ex Mr Gay UK 'killed and ate dinner pal in cannibal horror', court told
A former Mr Gay UK killed a man he cooked dinner for and tried to eat his flesh, a jury heard yesterday.
Ex-chef Anthony Morley is said to have seasoned bits of thigh with fresh herbs then fried them in olive oil.
Police found six pieces of cooked flesh on a chopping board and a chewed piece in the kitchen bin.
Morley, 36 – the first Mr Gay UK in 1993 – denies murdering advertising salesman Damian Oldfield.
He claims the 33-year-old homosexual tried to rape him, the court was told.
Morley is said to have walked to a nearby takeaway in a blood-stained dressing gown and flip-flops. He asked staff to call the police then sat outside waiting to be arrested.
Mr Andrew Stubbs, QC, prosecuting, told the jury of eight women and four men at Leeds crown court that Morley was unsure of his sexuality.
But he had arranged to meet Mr Oldfield, who worked for the publishers of a gay magazine called Bent, in Leeds last April.
They exchanged text messages earlier in the day and in one of them Morley wrote: “Never been really properly gay. Tried being bi, tried being straight but never been a hundred per cent happy. Maybe one day I will find happiness.”
The pair later went back to Morley’s house in Leeds, where Morley made them both a meal.
Afterwards they went up to his bedroom and that is where the alleged attack happened, the court heard. Mr Oldfield had his throat cut while he was under the duvet and collapsed on the floor where he was stabbed numerous times, including several times after he was already dead.
Police found a nine-inch piece of skin and flesh, including a nipple, had been cut from his chest and left alongside the body with a bank card put over the gaping wound. Another eight-inch slice was cut from his thigh.
Officers found six pieces of cooked flesh from the dead man on a chopping board.
He added: “A further piece of cooked flesh which appeared to have been chewed was later found in a bin bag in the kitchen.”
Saliva on the flesh matched Morley’s DNA profile.
He allegedly told police: “Someone tried to rape me and I have killed that person.”After his arrest, he is said to have mumbled: “I cooked him a nice meal. I said to take it slow, why did he do that?”
The trial continues.
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