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Attacker did not mean to kill' doctor

PUBLISHED: 16:35 14 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:57 12 August 2010

A FORMER model who threw an iron bar at a management consultant then kicked him as he lay on the ground did not mean to kill him, a court heard.

A FORMER model who threw an iron bar at a management consultant then kicked him as he lay on the ground did not mean to kill him, a court heard.

Thomas Connor, 20, of Curtismill Way, Orpington, hurled the pole at Dr Nadim Gulamhuseinwala's head as the terrified man ran for his life through Green Park in central London, the Old Bailey heard on Monday.

The blow knocked Mr Gulamhuseinwala, 32, to the ground, fracturing his skull.

Mr Connor then booted the man in the face before he and his companion, William Paton, 20, of Clarendon Way, Orpington, went through his pockets looking for money to spend on prostitutes, the court was told

The two men ran off, leaving Dr Gulamhuseinwala lying in a pool of blood.

Dr Gulamhuseinwala, who suffered multiple skull fractures and brain damage, died two weeks later on August 5 last year.

Defending Connor, Nicholas Hilliard, QC, said that, although he admitted throwing a bar at Dr Gulamhuseinwala, he didn't mean to kill him.

The QC said: "The pole could have caused all the damage but the Crown's medical expert cannot say.

"He could not exclude the possibility that the impact with the ground could have caused the fracture.

"There is a vital distinction between intending to throw the pole and causing death or really serious harm."

Mr Hilliard said that if Connor really wanted to kill Dr Gulamhuseinwala he could have finished him off with the iron pole.

The barrister said: "Did Connor, after he had thrown the pole, pick it up and hit the victim with it? No, he did not.

"Instead, he kicks him twice. Was he wearing heavy boots? No.

"Why not whack him on the head with the pole or stamp on his head with all the force that he could use if he wanted to kill him? Why use a plimsoll when you have a pole?"

Jurors have heard how Paton and Connor had travelled to London from Kent to go to a nightclub in the early hours of July 25, 2009.

Later, Connor was robbed of £100 by a prostitute in Soho and the pair ended up walking through Green Park.

Dr Gulamhuseinwala, who qualified as a doctor but worked at a firm of management consultants, had left a club and was walking home along Green Walk at about 4am.

Connor has admitted kicking the victim's head twice but denies it was a plan to rob him.

Connor and Paton both deny murder and robbery. The trial continues.

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