Man mutilated friend’s body in ‘horrific’ murder after night of drinking

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A man killed his friend following a night of drinking in a "horrific" murder – before mutilating his body.

Stuart Morris, 50, was found dead in his flat on Heathcote Road in Leicester on the afternoon of April 14.

Martin Green, also 50, used a vacuum cleaner pole and a knife to carry out the attack.

Leicestershire Police said they had spent the day together at the flat, where Mr Morris suffered a “horrific death”.

The night before, Green had been drinking at Mr Morris's home on Russell Street, Leicester.

At 8am the next day, the two men took a taxi to Green's flat, Leicestershire Live reports.

The police were alerted by a neighbour and attended the scene at about 5.25pm.

Mr Morris sustained multiple injuries and died from a combination of catastrophic trauma to the head and knife wounds.

Green initially fabricated a story that he went to the shops and came back to find his friend dead.

However, he unexpectedly changed his plea to guilty in a dramatic turn of events at Leicester Crown Court.

Green was due to stand trial at Leicester Crown Court yesterday, October 13, with the jury already sworn in and the prosecution expected to open the Crown's case.

However, Green's defence counsel, Michael Auty QC, spent more than an hour with the defendant in the court cells before the proceedings started.

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He told Judge Philip Head: "The case won't proceed to trial."

The jury was brought into court to see Green, dressed in a baggy grey tracksuit, pleading guilty to the murder of his friend.

Judge Head then told the jurors: "Yesterday when the clerk read out the charge of murder you were put in charge to say whether the defendant was guilty or not guilty.

"It's your responsibility to return the verdict in the case. You know very little about the case, you know no more than the charge.

"You now have the best possible evidence the defendant is guilty – because he has admitted it in front of you."

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One of the jurors then announced a guilty verdict at the judge's direction.

Mr Auty said: "In due course there will be only one sentence and that's imprisonment for life."

The judge then told the jury that Green had a "large number of criminal convictions" on his record, mainly for dishonesty.

Judge Head said to the prosecutor, Pavlos Panayi QC: "He has not got any convictions for a high degree of violence in the past?"

Mr Panayi replied: "That's correct, he has not."

Mr Morris was father to four daughters and a step-daughter. He had five grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters.

Following the hearing, a spokesperson for the family said: "We are all shocked and overwhelmed at this turn of events.

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The prosecutor did not outline the case against Green but he made reference to the defendant "mutilating the deceased's body after the events," in an attempt to impede a criminal investigation.

He said it was an aggravating feature of the case.

Mr Panayi said: "A good number of people were affected by this awful crime and they are processing what has happened today.

"They should now have time to consider what they would like to say (in personal impact statements)."

The judge adjourned sentencing until tomorrow [Oct 15]. Green, who remained expressionless throughout, was remanded back into custody.

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