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Murder accused man 'had list of 900 paedophiles'

A man accused of murdering a supermarket worker he met for sex has told a court he had a list of 900 men he believed to be paedophiles.

Christopher Hunnisett, 28, of Hastings, is accused of killing Peter Bick at his home in Bexhill on 11 January 2011.

Lewes Crown Court was told there was no evidence Mr Bick was a paedophile.

Mr Hunnisett, who admits manslaughter by diminished responsibility but denies murder, said he would draw up a list of people to "deal with" every week.

The court was told Mr Bick died after being hit over the head with a hammer and strangled with a shoelace.

Mr Hunnisett, of Chanctonbury Drive, said he started making lists of people he suspected of being paedophiles after being acquitted of murder in September 2010.

He had already served nine years of a life sentence over the death of Reverend Ronald Glazebrook - whom he accused of abusing him - before he was freed.

While questioning him during the trial his lawyer David Martin-Sperry said: "In terms of the relatively short period of time you had from your release from custody and walking into the police station, how many different people had you actually started to deal with and to make notes about, and to develop their case, as it were?"

Image caption Supermarket worker Peter Bick died from severe head trauma

Mr Hunnisett said he had about 30 sheets of paper with names on both sides which ran into the hundreds.

He added: "People were crossed off because they could not be progressed any further.

"A lot of them I had reported anonymously to the NSPCC from phone boxes. But that's a tiny, tiny proportion of what the problem actually is."

Mr Hunnisett said he had worked entirely on his own because he did not want anyone else to become involved.

He told the court that after he killed Mr Bick he drove the dead man's car to Paddock Wood, in Kent, to the home of Mr A, another man on his list who cannot be named for legal reasons.

However, he drove back to Hastings after Mr A told him he could not meet.

On his return, Mr Hunnisett said he told his girlfriend and sister he had killed someone, before they took him to a police station.

The trial continues.

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