A MAN accused of murdering a Swinton mum and dumping her in a stream said he had a picture of a dead woman on his phone because he had looked up images of gore online.
Gary Allen (47), of Bradbury's Close, Parkgate, is on trial at Sheffield Crown Court accused of killing Alena Grlakova (38) by strangling her and dumping her in a stream on the night of Boxing Day 2018 or the following morning.
Ms Grlakova's body was found in the Old Slaugh stream in Parkgate on April 8, 2019, naked and partially buried in the streambed.
The court has heard previously that Allen was found to have had images of dead women on his devices.
He was asked in a police interview why he had an image of a dead woman on his tablet, Mr James Gelsthorpe, prosecuting, told the court on Wednesday.
Allen said he had looked at a 'gore' website which he said showed funny videos, accidents and photos like that of the dead woman.
He said he had not looked at the website for a long time.
Allen told police it also could have been from when he had looked up serial killers online.
GPS evidence from Allen's phone, which has been previously shown to the jury, showed he went to The Range in Parkgate on December 27 where, the prosecution say he bought a pair of work gloves and two trowels.
He had travelled to The Range via the Old Slaugh stream where the prosecution alleges he did a "reconnaissance" for where he would later dump Ms Grlakova's body.
Det Sgt Ritchie Mason, of the Major Crime Unit, asked Allen during an interview why he had visited the stream and why he had gone shopping on December 27, Mr Gelsthorpe told the court.
Allen told him: "I do sometimes go for walks - I have been for walks all around that area and all over the place.
"I have walked down Taylor's Lane numerous times over the years.
"If I went out on the 27th and did some shopping, so what?
"I don't recall going out on the 27th but I could have done."
Allen said he had no reason to buy gardening gloves because he could have got some from work.
Asked why he had bought packets of cleaning wipes and baby wipes, Allen said he sometimes used baby wipes to clean his hands at work.
Allen is also accused of murdering Hull sex worker Samantha Class (29) in October 1997 and dumping her in the River Humber.
He was tried for the murder in 2000 and acquitted but the jury will be hearing significantly more evidence about the alleged killing during this trial.
Allen denies two counts of murder.
The trial continues.