A former butcher is being tried for allegedly strangling a woman he met in a pub, chopping her head off and having sex with her corpse, prosecutors said.
Tracey Woodford, 47, from Wales, had been drinking in a bar in April and left with Christopher May, 50, according to authorities.
Not long after she was reported missing, Woodford’s body parts were found in May's apartment in Pontypridd, police said.
The woman’s head was found “displayed” on the ledge of a sewage drain about 500 feet away from the man’s flat, prosecutor Roger Thomas told a Cardiff Crown Court Wednesday, The Independent reported.
“One does have to consider what this involved: the defendant carrying a body part and a human head across Pontypridd and into a dark tunnel, walking for a 138 meters,” he said.
“It’s a very strange thing to have done.”
A former colleague testified that May was a “very good” butcher proficient in deboning and trimming pieces of meat.
“It seems that his expertise in the butcher shop had been put to use on a human body,” the prosecutor said, according to the British paper.
May has acknowledged he caused Woodford’s death, but denies committing murder, authorities said.