Man walked into police station to confess to murder in west London in 1980, court hears | British news

A 61-year-old accused of killing a part-time barman more than 40 years ago walked into a police station to confess to murder, a court has heard.

Anthony Bird, 42, was found dead in his west London flat on June 6, 1980, naked and with his wrists bound, the Old Bailey heard. His death remained unsolved for 41 years until John Paul allegedly told police he had “beat him” with a block of wood.

John Price KC told the court at the opening of his trial on Monday how Paul had turned up at Hammersmith police station at 9.38 on 5 May last year. He spoke to a woman at the counter and said he had come to report a crime. Asked what crime, he reportedly replied, “Murder.”

The court heard Paul, of Maida Vale, west London, told the clerk he had killed a man in around 1980, but he could not explain why. He has pleaded not guilty to murdering Bird between June 3 and 6, 1980, and an alternative offense of manslaughter.

When the 61-year-old appeared at the police station last year, he allegedly told a police officer: “He approached me and just talked to me and talked me into having sex with him.”

Giving details to the officer, Paul reportedly said of Bird: “He took me back to his place … I tied him with string. I think the wire was black, I’m not sure. I tied him with string , his ankles, his hands, his arms, naked on the bed. There was a piece of wood … I used the piece of wood to hit him.”

At 11.34am, police inquiries had flagged the unsolved case of Bird’s murder as “worth looking into”, the court was told. At 3:35 p.m., Paul was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Price told jurors that Bird was gay and was known to pick up men for sex. He was last seen alive late at night on 3 June 1980 in the Queensway area of ​​west London.

After Bird failed to turn up for work at a pub, police were called to his one-bedroom flat, jurors heard. Officers used a sledgehammer to smash into the property and found it appeared to have been “ransacked,” Price said.

The prosecutor told jurors: “The officers went into the bedroom. On the bed they found the lifeless body of Tony Bird. He was naked. He was lying on his side. His knees were drawn up and his legs were crossed.

“Black electrical flex was tied tightly around his left wrist and around his left ankle. There was the mark of a string around his right wrist. There were numerous marks and obvious bruises on his body.”

The court was told that two wooden planks were found at the scene.

Price told jurors that Paul’s fingerprints were taken and matched to evidence from the crime scene.

He said: “The main question in the case will be whether John Paul, when he killed Tony Bird, as it is alleged he undoubtedly did, intended to kill Mr Bird or at least to cause him really serious harm.”

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