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Ex-butcher beheaded woman before hiding her head as souvenir, court hears

The pathologist who carried out the post mortem examination said the dismemberment has been “carried out with someone with experience of knives or of cutting up bodies or animals”.

Mr Thomas said: “May’s previous employment as a butcher meant he knew how to use a knife, how to remove meat from ribs, legs, and shoulders. He was good at boning.”

Tracey Woodford,Tracey Woodford  Photo: South Wales Police/PA

Mr Thomas said May “displayed” the head on a ledge buried deep in a storm drain next to the rugby club in Pontypridd, South Wales.

The court was told that four of the deceased’s fingers were stuffed into the pockets of a woman’s handbag found at May’s flat. And after removing her arms and legs May stored her head on a ledge “on display” in a pitch black sewer, jurors were told.

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Mr Thomas QC said: “When police officers spoke to Mr May in his flat they asked ‘where is the rest of her?’ The defendant replied ‘some is in the cupboard and some is in the storm drain at Pontypridd RFC.”

Mr Thomas told the court that two police officers went to visit a five-foot wide drainage pipe near the River Rhondda, South Wales, shortly after midnight on Saturday, April 25.

Christopher May in the dock at Cardiff Crown Court where he is on trial for the murder of Tracey WoodfordChristopher May in the dock at Cardiff Crown Court where he is on trial for the murder of Tracey Woodford  Photo: Elizabeth Cook/PA

He said: “As they walked into the drain they noticed it was completely pitch black and was without lighting. They turned right after 40 metres and after about 138 metres the pipe opened up into an underground chamber.

“PC Whittingdale turned his face to the right and as he stepped to the right he saw a human head lying on its right side facing him on a ledge above that chamber.

“He then saw a red bag with something in it behind that head. One can reasonably conclude May did not carry a head openly through Pontypridd.

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