Roy Sly murder trial: Old Bailey hears of 'torture'

Roy Sly A woman has pleaded guilty to murdering Roy Sly

A man whose body was found in his Essex home was so badly beaten that police could not tell if the face was that of a man or woman, a court has heard.

Roy Sly, 53, was tortured and killed by friends who turned on him at his Westcliff-on-Sea flat in January, jurors at the Old Bailey were told.

Vincent Harty, 39, of Wakering Avenue, Shoeburyness, Essex, and Peter Smith, 38, of Furnace Row, Troedyrhiw, Merthyr Tydfil, deny murder.

Mr Sly sustained 59 injuries.

Lisa Marie Turner, 33, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to murder in October.

The court heard how Mr Sly, who lived on Station Road, had bought steak and wine for his three guests.

'Died in agony'

At midnight, one of them cleared his bank account of £105 at a cash machine.

Mr Sly was later subjected to torture and beating, the jury heard.

William Clegg QC, prosecuting, said: "The three of them beat and tortured that poor man until he died in what must have been agony."

After he died, one of the defendants stuck a hypodermic needle in Mr Sly's arm to make if appear he had died from a drugs overdose, the court heard.

Mr Clegg added: "His face was so badly beaten that police could not tell whether the corpse they were looking at was that of a man or woman."

Jurors were shown pictures of mannequins to demonstrate the multiple injuries to Mr Sly's head and body.

The trial continues.

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Essex

Weather

Chelmsford

20 °C 14 °C

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

Programmes

  • Stranded shipThe Travel Show Watch

    Stranded in the icy Northwest Passage where only the polar bears move freely

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.