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Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 October 2006, 20:35 GMT
Stabbed City lawyer 'fought back'
Tom ap Rhys Pryce
Mr ap Rhys Pryce was attacked near his home
A City lawyer, who was stabbed to death outside a Tube station, may have fought back against his attackers, the Old Bailey has heard.

Tom ap Rhys Pryce died outside Kensal Green underground station, which was near his home, in January this year.

The prosecution told the court the 31-year-old was a proud man and "may well have taken them on".

Donnel Carty, 19, of Kensal Green, and Delano Brown, 18, of Sudbury Hill, both north-west London, deny murder.

Richard Horwell, QC, prosecuting, told the court the Cambridge graduate was on his way home when he was attacked, the motive for which was "greed".

Tom ap Rhys Pryce was a proud man and there is a real prospect that he did not submit to the robbers' demands
Prosecutor Richard Horwell, QC

"It did not matter to them that this man had worked hard for his position in life, that he had a promising career in the legal system ahead of him," he told the jury.

"All that was best in life was ahead of him but to them he was no more than a means to an end and they treated him accordingly.

"Tom ap Rhys Pryce was a proud man and there is a real prospect that he did not submit to the demands of the robbers.

"He may well have taken them on and if he did, the robbers rose to the challenge."

Mr Horwell said at least one knife was used and Mr ap Rhys Pryce was stabbed in the hip and twice in the chest.

Murder trail

He said a trail of blood and belongings along Bathurst Gardens suggested Mr ap Rhys Pryce was trying to get to his home as the attack continued.

Jurors were told the scene seemed to indicate the attack began outside number 56, and Mr ap Rhys Pryce then collapsed further down the road, only feet away from the house he shared with his fiancee.

Mr Horwell told the court the attackers took an Oyster card travel pass, bank cards, driving licence and mobile phone from the victim.

He said the two defendants were part of the gang. On the same night, another man was attacked on another Tube train near Paddington, west London, Mr Horwell said.

He was stabbed in the thigh and had his wallet containing 20 taken from him, said Mr Horwell.

Location of the attack

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