Four people partially dismembered the body of a 56-year-old man at his Northampton flat after he was stabbed to death, a court heard.
The defendants, of no fixed address, are all accused of the murder of David Miller - which happened in June last year - and bloodied weapons recovered at the flat included a rolling pin, a corkscrew, knives, a chisel and an angle grinder, the court was told.
Ian Cuthbertson, 49, Michael Hallett, 37, Joseph Catlin, 30, and Zena Kane, 35, all appeared at Northampton Crown Court today for the start of the trial.
Peter Joyce QC, prosecuting, said: "Just after 5am on June 14 uniformed officers forced their way into a flat on Patterdale Walk.
"In the corner of the only bedroom, they found the partially dismembered body of David Miller.
"It was obvious to police officers that he had suffered a brutal and sustained assault, but he died from a stab wound."
He said that, in the days that followed, the four made crude attempts to get rid of the body.
Mr Miller's body was found at his flat on Patterdale Walk, Boothville, covered in porridge oats, clothes, bedding, pillows, and his mother's ashes which had been kept in an urn in his home.
All four deny the charges. The trial continues.