Published: 00:00, 01 December 2014
| Updated: 12:26, 01 December 2014
Two Canterbury men have appeared in court today accused of killing P&O Ferry chef Alun Williams by wrapping him in clingfilm.
Richard Bowler, 35, and David Connor, 23, both of Sturry Road, have each denied two charges of manslaughter.
A jury at Canterbury Crown Court heard that the two are accused of unlawfully killing Mr Williams by wrapping him in clingfilm and plastic.
The charge states that doing so "obviously subjected him to at least the risk of some harm," and that "such wrapping subjected him to bodily harm in the form of dehydration, overheating and stress to his cardiovascular system".
It states that this was the "substantial cause of his death".
Bowler and Connor also face an alternative charge of manslaughter by gross negligence.
The charge states: "Having wrapped him in clingfilm and plastic, they owed him a duty of care and they failed to take reasonable steps to ensure he was safe and well".
Prosecutor Ian Hope is expected to outline the Crown's case tomorrow morning but the jury has been told it will involve details of gay websites, including Gaydar and Recon.
Mr Williams was found dead in a flat above a hairdressers' in East Street, Dover, on August 20 last year.
The 47-year-old - who lived with his girlfriend in Shepherdswell - worked as a chef at P&O Ferries for 30 years and prepared food for passengers on trips between Dover and Calais.
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