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Man searched dying doctor's pockets on pal's orders, court told

PUBLISHED: 17:20 01 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 12 August 2010

A MAN accused of murdering and robbing a doctor has told a court that he went through the dying man s pockets because he was scared.

A MAN accused of murdering and robbing a doctor has told a court that he went through the dying man's pockets because he was scared.

William Paton, 20, of Clarendon Way, Orpington, claimed that he had been ordered to search Dr Nadim Gulamhuseinwala by his friend Thomas Connor, of Curtismill Way, Orpington.

According to Paton, he did not see his friend launch the attack on the victim as he had stopped to get his breath back after running through the park.

Mr Paton told the jury: "Tom points to the body and says 'go through his pockets.' He was aggressive and I was

frightened."

His barrister Michael Wolkind QC claimed that Paton was

neither pretty nor smart and was "always one step off the pace".

He added: "Tom Connor is the harder and the more manipulative of these two boys. Here is a compliant boy, who follows orders."

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.

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

Dr Gulamhuseinwala, who qualified as a doctor but worked as an associate at McKinsey's, had left a club and was walking home along Green Walk at around 4am.

He was on the phone to his girlfriend Rebecca Bott when he was battered to the ground with a cast-iron metal pole.

The case continues

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