A man allegedly stabbed author Adrian Greenwood to death in order to rob him of rare books including a valuable first edition of The Wind in the Willows worth £50,000, a jury has been told.
Unemployed Michael Danaher, a father of two from Peterborough, targeted Greenwood, an antiques dealer, who had also written history books for The History Press, at his home on Iffley Road in Oxford on 6th April this year, Oxford Crown Court heard.
According to The Guardian, Greenwood’s name was on a list of other robbery victims including novelist Jeffrey Archer and model Kate Moss.
Danaher tried to make a living by selling things on the internet and Greenwood allegedly came to his attention by listing a copy of The Wind and The Willows on eBay in August 2015, the court was told.
Danaher is accused of stabbing the author multiple times in the chest, neck and back.
Later he allegedly listed the copy of The Wind in the Willows for sale on the internet.
The case continues.