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Man admits killing Australian 'vampire' to avenge raped woman

Published on May 14, 2014 5:55 PM

MELBOURNE (AFP) - An Australian man admitted on Wednesday that he killed a male prostitute who styled himself as a "vampire", saying he did so to avenge a woman who was allegedly raped and had part of her tongue bitten off.

The man - who is appearing as the prosecution's key witness in the high-profile Melbourne trial, and cannot be named for legal reasons - told the court that he shot 28-year-old sex worker Shane Chartres-Abbott near his suburban home in June 2003.

Three other men are on trial for the murder and have pleaded not guilty.

The unnamed man said he shot Chartres-Abbott after one of the accused, 42-year-old Warren Shea, told him about the escort's alleged rape of the ex-girlfriend of the second defendant, Mark Perry, 46.

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