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Killer chef jailed for life

By ITN/ UK Yahoo News

A chef who murdered his boyfriend before cooking a section of his flesh has been jailed for life.

At Leeds Crown Court, Anthony Morley, 36, was told he must serve a minimum of 30 years for the murder of Damian Oldfield, 33, on April 24.

Morley, the first Mr Gay UK, had walked to a nearby takeaway after the bloody attack to tell staff he had just killed someone who had tried to rape him. He was wearing a blood-splattered dressing gown and flipflops and startled staff alerted the police.

Mr Oldfield was attacked at Morley's home in Bexley Place, Leeds, where the pair had decided to eat dinner together. His throat was slashed and he was stabbed several times before sections of his thigh were cut off, seasoned and fried in olive oil.

Judge James Stewart, QC, said it was "one of the most gruesome murders" he had ever encountered, and told Morley: "Not only did you murder your victim by cutting his throat and stabbing him but you cut him up, cooked him and ate part of him.

"Before this case I had associated cannibalism with eras long gone, with the tale of Robinson Crusoe. No longer. You have plumbed depths rarely encountered in our court."

The judge continued: "This was, in my judgment, a cold-blooded, savagely executed murder, carried out by cutting his throat as he lay in your bed and, when he fell to the floor, you stabbed him repeatedly and ferociously. He died.

"You then, when satisfied he was dead, cut chunks from his body and cooked it, using your skill as a chef, with oil and herbs, sliced it as if a steak and tried to eat it. It was not to your liking so you spat it out and discarded it in your waste bin."

As Judge Stewart set out how long Morley was to be behind bars, there was applause from the public gallery and a shout of "murderer". Morley stood in the dock with his head bowed as he was sent down.

A family statement from Mr Oldfield's mother Denise said: "Damian was not only my son he was also my best friend. We shared a special bond, which I can still feel, but now I'm only left with memories and that's not good enough."