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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

- KEITH McLEOD k.mcleod@dailyrecor­d.co.uk

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
VICTIM Alex was stabbed, beaten and strangled by friend
 ??  ?? KILLER Von Vertes was addicted to ketamine and cocaine
KILLER Von Vertes was addicted to ketamine and cocaine
 ??  ?? VISIT Alex was at chalet on Lake Zurich, in the background, when he died
VISIT Alex was at chalet on Lake Zurich, in the background, when he died

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