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GABRIELLE EX 'CHOPPED HIS DAD'S HEAD OFF' He stayed in star's flat.

Pop star Gabrielle's ex-lover hacked off his stepdad's head with a Samurai sword, a court heard yesterday.

Anthony Antoniou - who had a child with the singer - then stayed at her home while planning to cover up his crime, the jury was told. He and a friend allegedly targeted Walter McCarthy after he boasted of abusing children.

Gabrielle, 29, who recently stormed the charts with Walk On By and won Best British Female at the Brits, had little to do with Antoniou in the months leading up to the killing.

But the pop queen, real name Louise Bobb, became unwittingly involved when cops discovered her ex-lover had been staying at her London flat.

The link was revealed yesterday at the Nottingham Crown Court trial of Antoniou, 30, and best pal Timothy Redhead, 29.

They allegedly mur-dered McCarthy, 59, in the front seat of their car because he had boasted of adulterous affairs and abusing youngsters.

The victim's mutilated corpse was found dumped in a lay-by at Cut Throat Bridge in Derbyshire just before Christmas 1995.

He had been stabbed 52 times and his head taken to woods and buried.

Prosecutor Peter Joyce said: "This was a pre-planned killing, not a spontaneous, on-the-spur- -of-the-moment event."

Documents found on the body led police to McCarthy's home in Sheffield.

Weapons used in the murder had been disposed of, the court heard.

But the jury was shown a large Samurai sword and hunting knife said to be similar.

Antoniou and Redhead, both from Sheffield, deny murder.

The case continues.
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Author:Daniels, Bill
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 5, 1997
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