Andrew Mather murder trial: Alleged killer took ‘trophy’ photo of injured victim, prosecutors claim

Murder accused Wayne Miller allegedly beat and kicked his girlfriend’s uncle to dying in a sustained assault – throughout which it’s claimed he took a “trophy” {photograph} of his sufferer.

Prosecutors say Miller attacked Andrew Mather twice on the identical night time, altering his garments between the episodes of violence.

The subsequent morning, he phoned police from a telephone field, claiming he’d had a combat with Mr Mather and that he had been high quality afterwards however that he was no longer answering his door and he was involved he could have “keeled over”.

Toby Hedworth QC, prosecuting, informed jurors at Newcastle Crown Court: “Ladies and gents, to say that the defendant was being economical with the reality is one thing of an understatement, say the prosecution.

“He had overwhelmed Mr Mather, the uncle of the defendant’s girlfriend, in Mr Mather’s own residence, leaving him for deceased, the earlier night.

“The depth of his assault demonstrates, say the prosecution, that the defendant supposed, as a minimum, to trigger him actually severe damage.”

When the emergency providers went to Mr Mather’s residence on Aintree Road, Farringdon, Sunderland, they discovered his deceased physique, bare however for a pair of socks, on his bed room ground between the mattress and window.

Mr Hedworth stated: “A publish mortem examination revealed he had suffered extreme facial and head accidents and bleeding across the mind attributable to blunt drive trauma, more likely to have been the outcome of punches, kicks and probably stamps with the potential use of a weapon.

“Significantly, the prosecution counsel the accidents weren’t precipitated in just one assault by the defendant the earlier night, however two.

“The defendant even took a trophy {photograph} of his work, subsequently deleting it.”

Mr Hedworth, who stated there had been “sick will” within the household of Miller’s girlfriend and Mr Mather, stated Miller’s actions that night time had been pieced collectively utilizing CCTV.

However a digicam on Mr Mather’s residence had been eliminated and prosecutors say it had been stolen by Miller to “cowl his tracks”.

Around 7.30pm on June 2, a neighbour heard loud voices, screaming and arguing at Mr Mather’s residence, the court docket was informed.

Around 9pm, Miller and his girlfriend have been seen strolling away from the tackle, Miller carrying shorts and tan boots at that time.

Some 55 minutes later, he was captured on footage returning to Aintree Road, this time carrying tracksuit bottoms, trainers and gloves.

Mr Mather died consequently of facial and head accidents.

There had been a number of impacts to the face and scalp, inflicting a number of fractures to the bones of his face.

Mr Hedworth stated the extreme nature of the facial fractures would have precipitated his higher airways to be compromised and a traumatic head damage is more likely to have precipitated unconsciousness and impaired his respiration, as would the quantity of blood in his airways.

He additionally misplaced 5 enamel, had bleeding across the mind and harm to the mind.

Mr Hedworth stated: “Death was from the mixed results of these accidents, all precipitated from blunt drive trauma, suggesting blows with fists, kicks and or stamps, together with an damage to his neck in keeping with a stamp or kick.”

Mr Hedworth confirmed jurors a photo police discovered on Miller’s telephone, which he had deleted however which was recovered.

He stated: “It’s disagreeable however obligatory, women and gents.

“It’s the physique of injured Mr Mather mendacity on the ground of the touchdown.

“Mr Miller’s tan boot will be seen. It’s an image he had taken on the finish of what he had carried out within the first go to.

“Was this a trophy {photograph} taken by the defendant to show himself as a tough man?”

Mr Hedworth added that even when Miller had motive to defend himself, which the prosecution don’t settle for he did: “That man in that {photograph}, by the point Wayne Miller had completed with him within the first go to, plainly was not able to supply any resistance to any additional violence used on him.

“If that’s right, the violence meted out down the facet of his mattress within the second go to might don’t have any justification, save, sadly to make sure he was silenced.”

Around 5.45pm the subsequent day, Miller, who knew he was wished, handed himself in. Jurors have been informed his solely accidents have been to his fists

When he was interviewed by the police, Miller gave a ready assertion saying : “I want to say I used to be concerned in a bodily altercation with Andy Mather. I acted in self-defence and once I left the tackle he was alive.”

Miller, 32, of Dene Street, Sunderland, denies murder.

The trial continues.



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