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Monday, 3 December, 2001, 15:54 GMT
Man denies Dartmoor death
The body was found in a culvert near Clearbrook
The body was found in a culvert near Clearbrook
A 41-year-old Plymouth man is in court accused of murdering a pensioner whose burnt and dismembered remains were found in a ditch on Dartmoor.

Steven Williams denies the murder of 65-year-old Ivor Dryer, whose body was found in a culvert near the village of Clearbrook between Plymouth and Yelverton on 18 June.

Mr Williams said he acted in self-defence after Mr Dryer accused him of sleeping with his ex-wife and attacked him, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

The court was told he had first kept the body under his bed for four days.


Prosecuting counsel Richard Smith QC told the first day of the trial that Mr Williams had told police that he and Mr Dryer, who had been good friends, had had an argument on the morning of the pensioner's death.

Mr Williams said when Mr Dryer had attacked him, he had repeatedly stabbed him in the back in self-defence.

Mr Smith said Mr Williams hid Mr Dryer's body under his bed, covering the head in a bag.

Mr Williams then went to a dentist's appointment and a job interview and hired an industrial cleaner to try to get rid of some of the blood, Mr Smith told the jury.

Body dumped

On 16 June, Mr Williams got tools to dismember the corpse with and then took the body on to Dartmoor the following day with the help of a friend, the court heard.

The remains were dumped and set alight in the culvert near Clearbrook.

Mr Dryer's remains were found by a couple from Clearbrook walking their dog.

A post-mortem examination on Mr Dryer's body revealed a wound to the back of the head from a sharp instrument.

Steven Williams denies murder. The trial continues.

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