Man killed after ‘unwanted sexual advances’, court hears

AN Ipswich man killed a homosexual because he made “unwanted sexual advances” towards him, a court has heard.

Rodney Greenland, 47, stabbed 36-year-old Simon Amers to death after Mr Amers stroked his leg, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

Mr Amers was found naked and face down in a pool of blood in his flat in Widgeon Close, Ipswich several days later by a friend who became concerned when she couldn’t contact him, said Andrew Jackson prosecuting.

The court heard that the men had been drinking in Ipswich and had met in a pub before going back to Mr Amers’ flat on July 27 last year.

Following Mr Amers’ death Greenland had told friends, members of his family, a hospital doctor and police that he had killed someone.

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Police officers drove Greenland round the area where he said the killing had taken place but was unable to identify the house where it had happened.

“The officers formed the view that this was a drunken man and that nothing had probably happened and they took him home,”

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said Mr Jackson.

After his arrest following the discovery of Mr Amers’ body, Greenland told police that he had been sexually abused as a child while at boarding school. He said he had “flipped” when Mr Amers touched his leg.

Greenland of Manchester Road, Ipswich has denied murdering Mr Amers between July 27 and 30 last year.

The court heard that at a previous hearing Greenland admitted manslaughter in relation to Mr Amers’ death.

The trial, which is expected to last the rest of this week, continues.

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