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Killer chef cooked dead boyfriend

Anthony Morley
Morley won the first ever Mr Gay UK contest in 1993

A chef has been found guilty of stabbing his lover to death before slicing pieces of his flesh off and cooking them.

Anthony Morley, 36, the first winner of Mr Gay UK, had denied murdering 33-year-old Damian Oldfield.

Pieces of cooked human flesh were found in Morley's kitchen at Bexley Avenue, Leeds, a jury at Leeds Crown Court heard.

Morley then walked to a nearby takeaway and admitted the killing.

The murder was described by prosecutors in court, as "terrible, horrific and bizarre".

Damian loved life and he has had that taken away from him in the cruellest of circumstances
Denise Oldfield, victim's mother

When the jury returned their verdict members of the packed public gallery cheered and applauded.

Morley bowed his head and several members of the jury left the court in tears.

During the two-week trial jurors heard Morley had carved sections of flesh from Mr Oldfield's body.

Police who searched the house found pieces of Mr Oldfield's flesh cooked on a chopping board.

Jurrors were told the two men had been involved in a relationship "of some kind", but Morley was confused about his sexuality.

He won the Mr Gay title in 1993 but had a girlfriend at the time.

Damian Oldfield [Picture from Ross Parry]
Victim Mr Oldfield had been in a relationship with Morley

On the day of the killing both men had been drinking before going to bed.

Morley said he could not remember killing Mr Oldfield and denied the murder charge on the grounds of provocation or diminished responsibility.

He had claimed Mr Oldfield had tried to rape him in the bedroom.

After the case Mr Oldfield's mother said the family had been robbed of an easy-going man.

His mother Denise, said in a statement: "We shared a special bond, which I can still feel, but now I'm only left with memories and that's not good enough.

"Damian loved life and he has had that taken away from him in the cruellest of circumstances.

"He was so easy-going and friendly that to know Damian for five minutes was to know Damian as a friend."

West Yorkshire Police said none of their Homicide and Major Inquiry Team had been involved in a crime of that nature before.

Morley is due to be sentenced on Monday.




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