A couple have been accused of murdering a former history teacher by injecting him with a lethal dose of heroin then afterwards proudly took ‘selfies’ with the deceased.
L-R: Kirsty Edmondson Christopher Sawyers
23-year-old Kirsty Edmondson and her boyfriend 35-year old Christopher Sawyers were reported to have committed the crime on December 28 2013 after the deceased, Kenneth Chapman met up with the couple and they went back to his flat in Eccles, Greater Manchester, took drugs and when the victim fell unconscious the suspects administered the deceased with a lethal dose despite his comatose and intoxicated state, and they did so without his consent.
According to the Prosection, Tony Cross QC who told the court that they took over his house, from having sex on the deceased’s bed and filming it while they lived with the corpse for up to a week in his apartment also said:
Deceased, Kenneth Chapman
‘In the 15 days between the death of Mr Chapman and the discovery of his body these two defendants began to steal what they could from him – his TV, computer and from his bank account to purchase goods using a variety of different fraudulent methods.
”They even texting his sister pretending to be him to borrow money. These were callous and despicable actions.
“They began within hours of Kenneth Chapman’s death and continued for days as the two defendants lived in the flat carrying on their lives whilst Mr Chapman lay dead.
“So twisted were their actions that they even took selfies of them enjoying themselves in the very same room as the cadaver.
“They took ‘selfies’ in the very room where he lay rotting. These photos are trophy photos – two people proud of their work.
“They had sex in his bed and filmed it. They stole and committed fraud.
“Attempts were made to order goods via Amazon, top up mobile phones and pay forged cheques into Sawyers’ bank account. “This was how they lived their lives – using his home, car and property as their own.
“They did so because as Christopher Sawyers was later to tell witnesses – he wanted to ‘off’ him. To kill him. To end his life.”
The lovers were arrested after a visit to a family friend on New Year Eve who noticed that Edmondson had a ‘terrible cut’ on her arm but rather Sawyers who apparently got away with the murder of another victim, a former account, Peter Clark 17 months before killing Kenneth Chapman boasted saying: ‘if you think that is unattractive, look at this. I will show you a photo of a corpse.’
The couple moved out of the deceased’s property on January 3 and Mr Chapman’s body was found on January 12 by the Police who were called in with tests showing he had been injected with a lethal dose of heroin.
The suspects, however, denied killing the deceased. The trial continues.
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