Murder accused Wayne Miller allegedly beat and kicked his girlfriend's uncle to death in a sustained attack - during which it is claimed he took a "trophy" photograph of his victim.

Prosecutors say Miller attacked Andrew Mather twice on the same night, changing his clothes between the episodes of violence.

The next morning, he phoned police from a phone box, claiming he'd had a fight with Mr Mather and that he had been fine afterwards but that he was now not answering his door and he was concerned he may have "keeled over".

Toby Hedworth QC, prosecuting, told jurors at Newcastle Crown Court: "Ladies and gentlemen, to say that the defendant was being economical with the truth is something of an understatement, say the prosecution.

"He had beaten Mr Mather, the uncle of the defendant's girlfriend, in Mr Mather's own home, leaving him for dead, the previous evening.

"The intensity of his attack demonstrates, say the prosecution, that the defendant intended, at the least, to cause him really serious injury."

When the emergency services went to Mr Mather's home on Aintree Road, Farringdon, Sunderland, they found his dead body, naked but for a pair of socks, on his bedroom floor between the bed and window.

Mr Hedworth said: "A post mortem examination revealed he had suffered severe facial and head injuries and bleeding around the brain caused by blunt force trauma, likely to have been the result of punches, kicks and possibly stamps with the possible use of a weapon.

"Significantly, the prosecution suggest the injuries were not caused in only one attack by the defendant the previous evening, but two.

"The defendant even took a trophy photograph of his work, subsequently deleting it."

Mr Hedworth, who said there had been "ill will" in the family of Miller's girlfriend and Mr Mather, said Miller's movements that night had been pieced together using CCTV.

However a camera on Mr Mather's home had been removed and prosecutors say it had been stolen by Miller to "cover his tracks".

Around 7.30pm on June 2, a neighbour heard loud voices, screaming and arguing at Mr Mather's home, the court was told.

Around 9pm, Miller and his girlfriend were seen walking away from the address, Miller wearing shorts and tan boots at that point.

Some 55 minutes later, he was captured on footage returning to Aintree Road, this time wearing tracksuit bottoms, trainers and gloves.

Mr Mather died as a result of facial and head injuries.

There had been multiple impacts to the face and scalp, causing multiple fractures to the bones of his face.

Mr Hedworth said the severe nature of the facial fractures would have caused his upper airways to be compromised and a traumatic head injury is likely to have caused unconsciousness and impaired his breathing, as would the amount of blood in his airways.

He also lost five teeth, had bleeding around the brain and damage to the brain.

Mr Hedworth said: "Death was from the combined effects of these injuries, all caused from blunt force trauma, suggesting blows with fists, kicks and or stamps, including an injury to his neck consistent with a stamp or kick."

Mr Hedworth showed jurors a photo police found on Miller's phone, which he had deleted but which was recovered.

He said: "It's unpleasant but necessary, ladies and gentlemen.

"It's the body of injured Mr Mather lying on the floor of the landing.

"Mr Miller's tan boot can be seen. It's a picture he had taken at the end of what he had done in the first visit.

"Was this a trophy photograph taken by the defendant to show himself as a hard man?"

Mr Hedworth added that even if Miller had reason to defend himself, which the prosecution do not accept he did: "That man in that photograph, by the time Wayne Miller had finished with him in the first visit, plainly was not in a position to offer any resistance to any further violence used on him.

"If that is correct, the violence meted out down the side of his bed in the second visit could have no justification, save, unfortunately to ensure he was silenced."

Around 5.45pm the next day, Miller, who knew he was wanted, handed himself in. Jurors were told his only injuries were to his fists

When he was interviewed by the police, Miller gave a prepared statement saying : "I wish to say I was involved in a physical altercation with Andy Mather. I acted in self-defence and when I left the address he was alive."

Miller, 32, of Dene Street, Sunderland, denies murder.

The trial continues.