Suspect `told detectives horrific murder details'

A MAN accused of murdering and mutilating a widow coolly recounted the full sequence of events to police who had despaired of solving the crime, a court was told yesterday.

Kevin Joseph Morrison, 59, a police informer, relayed details of 74-year- old Alice Rye's murder in an elaborate tip-off, Liverpool Crown Court was told. He even acknowledged the risk he was taking, telling police: "It can only be me or somebody who has told me."

Although many facts he related had never been disclosed to the public, his account of the murder in Wirral, Merseyside, between 10 and 11 December 1996, was remarkably accurate in every aspect but one, said Robert Fordham QC, for the prosecution. Mr Morrison - and not the one-time friend he tried to incriminate - was the murderer.

Mr Morrison, formerly from Poole, near Nantwich, Chesh-ire, denies murder.

Mr Fordham told the jury how Mrs Rye, a widow for 10 years, was bound with rope in the back bedroom of her home, stabbed twice in the chest, gagged with a towel and sexually tortured before two kitchen knives were plunged into her eye sockets. "If there is any consolation, it is that the depraved act was almost certainly committed after death," he added.

Mrs Rye was last seen alive at 11.50am on 10 December 1996. A neighbour found her the next day.

Mr Fordham said the case was one of "great unusualness, great horror and great wickedness". He said: "It is a great horror in that it is alleged that this defendant not only murdered a lady ... but after death mutilated her. It is a case of great wickedness because this defendant sought quite blatantly to blame another for the death. It is a case of great unusualness in that had it not been because of an initiative taken by this defendant, he would not have been brought to justice."

In May 1998 Mr Morrison, a police informant for four years, contacted officers with information on a "job on the Wirral". He told them: "You will be surprised by what I'm going to tell you. You are going to be convinced that either I did the murder or the fella I'm going to tell you about done the murder."

He told of a parcel he was given to look after by a man called Keith Darlington on the day of the murder. It contained items belonging to Mrs Rye.

Mr Morrison said Mr Darlington had told him: "I watched [the television programme] Cracker. They are going to do a psychological profile of this guy and they won't be looking for me. They'll be looking for a nut."

The trial continues today.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Project Assistant

£17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They are a leading company in the field ...

Recruitment Genius: DBA Developer - SQL Server

£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: Office Manager

£26041 - £34876 per annum: Recruitment Genius: There has never been a more exc...

Recruitment Genius: Travel Customer Service and Experience Manager

£14000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The fastest growing travel comp...

Day In a Page

Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

Andrew Grice: Inside Westminster

Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza
HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen
RuPaul interview: The drag star on being inspired by Bowie, never fitting in, and saying the first thing that comes into your head

RuPaul interview

The drag star on being inspired by Bowie, never fitting in, and saying the first thing that comes into your head
Secrets of comedy couples: What's it like when both you and your partner are stand-ups?

Secrets of comedy couples

What's it like when both you and your partner are stand-ups?
Satya Nadella: As Windows 10 is launched can he return Microsoft to its former glory?

Satya Nadella: The man to clean up for Windows?

While Microsoft's founders spend their billions, the once-invincible tech company's new boss is trying to save it
The best swimwear for men: From trunks to shorts, make a splash this summer

The best swimwear for men

From trunks to shorts, make a splash this summer
Mark Hix recipes: Our chef tries his hand at a spot of summer foraging

Mark Hix goes summer foraging

 A dinner party doesn't have to mean a trip to the supermarket
Ashes 2015: With an audacious flourish, home hero Ian Bell ends all debate

With an audacious flourish, the home hero ends all debate

Ian Bell advances to Trent Bridge next week almost as undroppable as Alastair Cook and Joe Root, a cornerstone of England's new thinking, says Kevin Garside
Aaron Ramsey interview: Wales midfielder determined to be centre of attention for Arsenal this season

Aaron Ramsey interview

Wales midfielder determined to be centre of attention for Arsenal this season
Community Shield: Arsene Wenger needs to strike first blow in rivalry with Jose Mourinho

Community Shield gives Wenger chance to strike first blow in rivalry with Mourinho

As long as the Arsenal manager's run of games without a win over his Chelsea counterpart continues it will continue to dominate the narrative around the two men
The unlikely rise of AFC Bournemouth - and what it says about English life

Unlikely rise of AFC Bournemouth

Bournemouth’s elevation to football’s top tier is one of the most improbable of recent times. But it’s illustrative of deeper and wider changes in English life
A Very British Coup, part two: New novel in pipeline as Jeremy Corbyn's rise inspires sequel

A Very British Coup, part two

New novel in pipeline as Jeremy Corbyn's rise inspires sequel
Philae lander data show comets could have brought 'building blocks of life' to Earth

Philae lander data show comets could have brought 'building blocks of life' to Earth

Icy dust layer holds organic compounds similar to those found in living organisms