Cannibal chef jailed in UK for lover's murder

Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:54am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - A chef who murdered a lover and ate part of his flesh after cooking it with fresh herbs and olive oil was jailed in Britain for at least 30 years on Monday.

Sentencing Anthony Morley to life, British judge James Stewart said the murder was one of the most gruesome he had ever encountered and reminiscent of a scene from a work of fiction.

"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," Stewart said, according to the UK Press Association.

"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."

Morley, 36, a former winner of the Mr Gay UK contest, stood in the dock with his head bowed as he was sentenced. There was a cry of "murderer" from the public gallery at Leeds Crown Court.

The jury heard how Morley attacked Damian Oldfield, 33, in Leeds in April after they went to bed together. Morley, who had denied murder, said he feared he was going to be raped.

He carved a section of flesh from Oldfield's thigh and another from his chest. Six pieces of cooked human flesh were found on a chopping board in Morley's kitchen.

Herbs, olive oil and seeds were found on the work surface near the cooker and a frying pan was on the hob with the remnants of fried herbs and oil in it.

A section of flesh, which appeared to have been chewed, was found in a bin bag.   Continued...

<p>Anthony Morley in an undated photo. REUTERS/West Yorkshire Police/Handout</p>