Murder Accused: "I Sometimes Thought about Killing St Leonards Vicar"

By Nigel Freedman
The Argus
September 10, 2010

A man told a jury there were times he had felt like killing a vicar who took him in when he was a teenager.

Christopher Hunnisett also said he “always lies” and had done so about the priest's death in the past.

But he denies murdering 81-year-old Ronald Glazebrook who a court was told had treated him like a grandson.

Hunnisett was asked if he had felt like killing the vicar after they argued about his friend Jason Groves staying.

He said: “There were times I did think like that but I can't remember if I did that day.”

Hunnisett went to live at the vicar's house in Dane Road, St Leonards, when he was just 15 after problems at home.

It is alleged he drowned Mr Glazebrook in the bath after the cleric threatened to throw him out because of his bad behaviour in April, 2001.

Hunnisett then cut up his body with a saw and an axe and got Mr Groves to help him bury the remains in woods at St Leonards and a stream on Pevensey Marshes.

The 26-year-old was found guilty of murder in 2002 but the Court of Appeal overturned the conviction earlier this year and ordered a retrial.

Hunnisett now claims he was sexually abused by the vicar, something he did not raise at his first trial.

He told a jury at Lewes Crown Court that Mr Glazebrook had sexually assaulted him as he took a bath.

He said he struck the vicar hard on the side of the head and he fell into the bath and drowned.

Hunnisett claims he fled from the bathroom and slammed the door without looking to see what had happened to Mr Glazebrook.

He said he did not realise he was dead until he found him in the bath the next morning. Hunnisett, formerly of Coventry Road, St Leonards, denies murder.

The trial continues.


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