John Grainger 'decapitated by two brothers' in Stockport
Two brothers murdered a man whose decapitated body was set alight in a wooded area of a town centre, Manchester Crown Court has heard.
The body of John Grainger, who had been shot at point blank range, was found in Wellington Street, Stockport, on 26 January. His head was found nearby.
The jury was told Anthony Jenkins, 31, has pleaded guilty to murder and possession of a firearm.
Joseph Jenkins, 30, denies the same charges and is on trial.
Mr Grainger, 33 was hit on the head with a hammer, stabbed in the legs, shot in the knee and finally shot in the head at Joseph Jenkins's flat in Covent Gardens, Stockport.
His was decapitated with an electric jigsaw in the bathroom, the jury at was told.Head in bag
A post-mortem examination showed Mr Grainger may still have been alive before he was shot in the head.
Prosecutor Graham Reeds QC said the body was put in a holdall and the head placed in a bag which the brothers carried from the murder scene.
They took a can of petrol with them, he told the court, which was used to set alight Mr Grainger's body in nearby Wellington Street.
Mr Reeds said: "The prosecution case is that both brothers committed the murder together as part of a joint enterprise and then disposed of the body together."
He said Mr Grainger went out for a drink on the evening of 25 January and came across the brothers in a pub.
Mr Reeds said the three men went on to a nightclub together and were seen on CCTV leaving at about 01:45 GMT before heading in the direction of the defendant's flat less than 300m away.
Three hours later a passer-by noticed something was on fire in Wellington Street and raised the alarm.
Mr Reeds said by "complete coincidence" the brothers were stopped by police nearby over an unconnected report of two youths acting suspiciously in the area.
Anthony Jenkins was found to have live shotgun cartridges in his pocket and blood on his trainers.
The shotgun said to have been used to kill Mr Grainger was found the next day underneath a parked car, close to where both had been stopped in the street.
The trial continues.