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Anthony Bates 'brutally tortured by girlfriend's ex'

A man who said his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend had threatened to kill him was "tortured to death", a court heard.

Anthony Bates, 36, was punched, kicked, burnt with a poker and scalded with a hot sugary liquid at a south London flat in February, the Old Bailey heard.

The victim told his sister that his girlfriend's ex-partner was "threatening to kill him".

Gary Speight, 31, of Pimlico, Dean Swift, 44, and Corrina Lowe, 28, both of no fixed address, deny murder.

The court heard Mr Bates suffered broken bones and brain damage after being punched, kicked and stamped on. He also had knife wounds on his neck.

'Brutal torture'

His body was found in the kitchen of a flat in Fentiman Road, Vauxhall.

Brian Altman QC, prosecuting, told the jury: "This man had been subjected to a repeated and persistent brutal torture.

"This was a gruesome killing," he added.

A few months after beginning the relationship the victim learnt that Mr Speight, his new girlfriend's former boyfriend, was angry about their affair, the jury heard.

Mr Bates left London to go and live at his father's home in Stoke-on-Trent, saying people were after him.

Mr Speight, of Vauxhall Bridge Road, and the two other accused were in the south London flat when Mr Bates was killed, Mr Altman alleged.

The case continues.

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