Alex Morgan was tragically killed in a vicious drug attack by Vertes’ pal Bennet in a Swiss ski lodge in 2014
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A grieving mother has expressed her disbelief after police tried to give her the gun that killed her son in a shocking blunder.
The tragic Alex Morgan was killed in a vicious drug attack by pal Bennet von Vertes in a Swiss ski lodge in 2014.
The 23-year-old victim died after a large candlestick was shoved down his throat during the sickening violence.
But his devastated mother Katja Faber said she was stunned when police contacted her to ask if she would like any items “returned” – including the candle used in the murder.
Katja said she was horrified when Swiss police sent her a list of items that included a candle.
Von Vertes, who had been on cocaine and ketamine, claimed he thought Alex was going to kill him and told police he believed his friend to be an alien with red eyes and long ears.
Katya said that Daily Mail She was stunned when a prosecutor asked her if she wanted her son’s belongings back – although she believed there were no items left.
When a list was sent to her, it turned out that the authorities were trying to return the candle that took Alex’s life.
That said the former criminal defense attorney Daily Mail that she “couldn’t believe” what she was reading.
Among the items they offered her were her son’s blood-stained clothes, along with a candle.
Katja said: “It was stated how long the candle was. I had to check again.
“I was sitting there looking at this list and I was like, ‘Am I seeing things? Am I going crazy?'”
Alex, a former student at Prince Charles’ old boarding school, Gordonstoun, was on a skiing holiday with his mother when the brutal murder unfolded.
He and his wealthy friend von Vertes had been staying in nearby Miles for the night playing chess when the drug attack unfolded.
Von Vertes was initially jailed for 12 years for the crime, but three judges downgraded his conviction of first degree manslaughter to the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter on appeal last week.
They accepted his claim that he was suffering from “self-inflicted insanity” and didn’t know what he was doing after ingesting a cocktail of booze and mind-altering drugs.
After the case, Katja, a former criminal solicitor who is separated from her son’s Scottish financier father, said: “Society has to recognize that a wrong has been done and that my child’s life was worth something, to then say, ‘No, it’s actually his killer’s fault to get high’ – that’s difficult.
“Obviously there is something wrong with this law that needs to be changed and I am considering being the one trying to change it.”
Alex was killed at Vertes’ villa on the Gold Coast of Lake Zurich after von Vertes had been drinking and taking ketamine, cocaine and sleeping pills.
It put him in a psychotic state with paranoid delusions, and he claims he thought his friend was an alien with green eyes and red ears who was trying to kill him.
Von Vertes, whose family runs an art gallery in Zurich, stabbed Mr Morgan with shards of glass from a coffee table and hit him with a meter-long candlestick and a gold sculpture.
The killer then rammed the candlestick into Mr. Morgan’s throat and choked him to death.
Mr Morgan met von Vertes while both were studying business administration at Regent’s College, now Regent’s University, in London.
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