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Adrian Greenwood murder accused took selfie

Adrian Greenwood
Image caption Book dealer Adrian Greenwood was found dead in his home by a cleaner on 7 April

A man accused of murdering a book dealer so he could steal a rare edition of Wind in the Willows took a selfie after the killing, a court has heard.

Adrian Greenwood, 42, was found dead at his four-storey Oxford house in April. He had been stabbed and stamped on.

Michael Danaher, 50, took a photo of a facial injury he sustained in the struggle, Prosecutor Oliver Saxby QC told Oxford Crown Court.

Mr Danaher denies murder, saying he killed Mr Greenwood in self-defence.

Mr Saxby told the jury Mr Danaher "checked out the pockets of the dead or dying man on the floor in the hallway" and stole his wallet.

He said a blood pattern analysis indicated Mr Greenwood had "lost or was losing blood as he moved along the hallway - you remember he had a stab wound to the back.

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Image caption Kate Moss and Jeffrey Archer were on a list of "people of means" made by the defendant

"He ended up on the ground in the hallway, and the attack continued.

"And before he left, the defendant washed off the blood he got on him while attacking Adrian Greenwood."

The prosecutor added that after the attack Mr Danaher called his 15-year-old son and told him an "utter fiction" about being attacked by two men who stole his sat-nav.

The court has heard that the motive centred around a plan to steal a first edition of Wind in the Willows worth £50,000 - it was put on sale on eBay at the "knockdown price" of £2,000.

The accused had written Mr Greenwood's name on a list of "people of means", which also included Kate Moss and Jeffrey Archer, who he wanted to rob or kidnap in a bid to make money, the jury has been told.

The barrister said after the killing, Mr Danaher drafted a letter to the wife of venture capitalist Adrian Beecroft, who he had previously unsuccessfully tried to rob.

"He set about writing a letter to Mrs Beecroft, saying 'hey, watch out. What happened to Adrian Greenwood, that could happen to you'. That's the way his mind is thinking.

"To say that he's got no remorse about what happened doesn't even begin to scratch the surface."

He said Mr Danaher demanded £90,000 in Bitcoin virtual currency or he and his "associates" would makes her family's lives "very interesting".

Image caption Mr Greenwood was found stabbed at his four-storey Oxford house in April

The jury was told that police traced Mr Greenwood's mobile phone to Mr Danaher's flat in Peterborough, where he was arrested and taken to hospital for a check-up.

While there he allegedly told officers: "It might be better if they just let me die here. I make bad life choices, don't I?"

Mr Saxby said: "After someone has done something bad there are moments, even it seems with this defendant, in which he reflects.

"Although you might think this seems a million miles away from somebody who has lawfully defended themselves from an attack."

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