A man who claimed he was sexually molested as a teenager beat his alleged abuser to death with a hammer, a court heard yesterday.
Matthew Brookes (26), of Field Close, Shrewsbury, confessed to killing 53-year-oldyearold Philip Cieciora in January 2004 because he was "taunting him about historical sexual abuse", Stafford Crown Court was told.
Brookes left his victim's body stuffed between the side of a divan bed and a wall at his Shrewsbury flat, with his head between pillows and wrapped in a towel.
Julia Macur QC, prosecuting, said: "Brookes said he was being provoked and said Mr Cieciora had committed offences against him in his early teens. He said the taunts caused him to lose his selfcontrol and he used the hammer to rain blows on his head.
"But the prosecution say the motive for this killing was a financial one. He had been financially dependent on Mr Cieciora for a long time.
"He was hit on the head with a hammer and sustained at least 16 blows. At the very least he intended to cause grievous bodily harm if not an intention to kill.
"But he said that at the time of the killing he was provoked. Mr Cieciora was frugal and known as a hoarder and Brookes was interest in getting money."
Brookes denied murder but admitted manslaughter on the grounds of provocation or diminished responsibility.
The prosecution has refused to accept his plea.
Miss Macur said a diary was kept by Mr Cieciora about sexual activity which took place between him and Brookes in 1995/96.
She said: "Brookes will say it started much earlier. Mr Cieciora stood in for Brookes as a father-figure after his real father disappeared.
"He was in a parental position and there was a bond between them.
"It is right to say that from material found within his property after his death that he had homosexual interests. His family knew he was hoarder and was frugal or miserly and there was a running joke that he kept money under his bed.
"Whilst there is not doubt he admitted he killed Philip Cieciora, you may think the devil in the detail will help you come to the correct verdict," Miss Macur said.
The trial continues.