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Dead doc battered with iron post, court hears

PUBLISHED: 14:27 25 March 2010 | UPDATED: 10:36 12 August 2010

A DOCTOR was robbed and murdered near Buckingham Palace while he was on the phone to his girlfriend, a court heard

A DOCTOR was robbed and murdered near Buckingham Palace while he was on the phone to his girlfriend, a court heard.

Nadim Gulamhuseinwalla, 32, was battered to the floor with an iron railing as he walked home after a night out in the West End on July 25 last year.

On Monday, William Paton, 20, of Clarendon Way, Orpington, and Thomas Connor, 20, of Curtismill Way, Orpington, appeared at the Old Bailey charged with his murder and robbery.

The court heard that the duo carried out the attack so they could get enough money to pay for a prostitute, after Connor had been robbed while attempting to pick up a working girl earlier in the evening.

Prosecutor Andrew Edis said: "This is the story of two different tales of Friday night and Saturday morning coming to a brutal and violent conclusion.

"What is a striking feature is that the actual killing was recorded by a camera, so you will see what happened and who did what.

"That is quite unusual in a murder case. It is possible to see exactly what has happened."

Dr Gulamhuseinwala, from Ealing, West London, had trained as a surgeon, but worked as a management consultant for City firm McKinsey and Company since 2007.

On July 25, he had been out for a drink with a friend at the Funky Buddha nightclub and decided to walk home at 3am. At about 3.58am, he stopped and rang his girlfriend.

Mr Edis added: "She wanted him to take a taxi. He never had a chance to take that advice because during that conversation he was attacked and killed. She described it as white noise. No further talk at the end of the phone after a certain period."

Connor and Paton had visited Strawberry Moons club in London, had been drinking and had also taken cocaine.

It is claimed that at 2.40am, Connor withdrew money from a cashpoint so they could find a prostitute in Soho, when he was then robbed.

The pair walked through the back streets into Queen's Walk where they came across the victim.

Connor picked up the cast iron fence post and knocked Mr Gulamhuseinwala to the ground before stamping twice on his face and head.

It is then alleged that Paton went through the victim's pockets and removed his wallet and mobile phone as he lay on the floor.

Connor accepts striking the blow, yet denies intending to cause really serious harm and insists he knew nothing of any planned robbery. It is accepted Paton did not inflict any injury on the victim.

Both men deny murder and robbery. The trial continues.

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