Spaced out toff thought pal was lit­tle green man and killed him with can­dle­stick

Trial hears of Alex’s grisly death on shores of Lake Zurich

Daily Record - - NEWS - KEITH McLEOD k.mcleod@dai­

A FOR­MER Scot­tish pub­lic school­boy was stabbed and blud­geoned to death by a wealthy art dealer who be­lieved he had turned into an alien.

Ex-Gor­don­stoun pupil Alex Mor­gan, 23, was stabbed with a shard of glass, beaten with a 3ft can­dle­stick, a 4lb gold sculp­ture and an an­tique figure, and then stran­gled.

His at­tacker Ben­net von Vertes was so high on drugs, he be­lieved Alex had “turned into a lit­tle green man”, a Swiss court heard.

Von Vertes, 31, has also claimed to be suf­fer­ing from an­mesia.

He was asked in court: “From which point did you see the vic­tim as a hu­man again and not an alien any more?” He re­fused to an­swer.

Alex was at­tacked when he went to von Vertes’s chalet on the shore of Lake Zurich dur­ing a ski­ing hol­i­day in De­cem­ber 2014.

The men met at Re­gent’s Col­lege in Lon­don.

Alex grew up in Lon­don. His mum Katja Faber, 53, was in court to watch the trial start on Mon­day.

Katja, a for­mer bar­ris­ter, said in a state­ment: “My dar­ling Alex de­served to live a good, amaz­ing life, to bring love, laugh­ter and orig­i­nal­ity to this world, not to be blud­geoned to death.

“A huge part of me was ripped vi­o­lently out of my be­ing when the po­lice told me Alex had died. Some­times it’s all I can do to keep breath­ing.”

Alex’s dad Bene­dict Mor­gan, 56, was a di­rec­tor at Com­merzbank and worked as a banker in Moscow.

Von Vertes’s de­fence is that he in­vol­un­tar­ily killed Alex dur­ing a psy­chotic episode. Pros­e­cu­tors want him con­victed of reck­less homi­cide.

They say he should have fore­seen what would hap­pen, hav­ing suf­fered para­noid delu­sions be­cause of his drug use.

The court was told von Vertes claimed that, in the chalet, he and Alex took drugs and dis­cussed “the end of the world”.

Von Vertes told a psy­chi­a­trist he had ar­gued with Alex about Swedish folk mu­sic and ke­tamine.

The German – whose fam­ily run the Salis & Vertes gallery in Zurich – had been de­pen­dent on ke­tamine, co­caine and sleep­ing pills since 2011.

The case con­tin­ues.

VIC­TIM Alex was stabbed, beaten and stran­gled by friend

KILLER Von Vertes was ad­dicted to ke­tamine and co­caine

VISIT Alex was at chalet on Lake Zurich, in the back­ground, when he died

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