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Man was 'murdered in ambulance'
Victim Eugen Breahna
Eugen Breahna was attacked by a group of about 20
A man was clubbed to death in the back of an ambulance during a clash between rival gangs, the Old Bailey was told.

Eugen Breahna was being chased by a mob when he ran into an ambulance attending another incident thinking he would be safe, the jury heard.

But the gang, armed with golf clubs and iron bars, followed him in and murdered him, the prosecution claims.

Six men, aged 18 to 30, deny murdering Mr Breahna, 26, from Bounds Green, north London, in January this year.

Prosecutor Aftab Jafferjee told the jury that a large armed gang - most of them from Romania but with some local men - arrived at Bounds Green Underground station on 19 January this year.

Gabriel Alecu, 30, of Upton Park, east London
Gheorghe Bechian, 28, of Stevenage, Herts
Christian Sakyi, 18, of Barking, east London
Bob Tambue, 21, of Dagenham, east London
Zak Mayanja, 18, Upton Park, east London
Narcis Danila, 22, Newham, east London

"Their purpose was to seek to confront another smaller group of Romanians who lived near the station, which included the man who was killed," he said.

"The fact that violence was in their minds can be of little dispute. The local men were confronted by the gang and tried to flee."

Mr Breahna was one of those running away when he saw the ambulance, Mr Jafferjee told the jury.

"People followed him in through the rear and front doors," the prosecutor told the court.

He was caged like an animal and clubbed to death in a place any normal human being would think offered him a measure of sanctuary
Prosecutor Aftab Jafferjee

"The mob descended on him and brought him down and beat him to death. He was murdered in the back of that ambulance.

"This was a determined, unrelenting, ferocious onslaught targeting the head of a man running for his life.

"He was caged like an animal and clubbed to death in a place any normal human being would think offered him a measure of sanctuary."

He added the six defendants were part of a much larger gang, about 15 or 20, that attacked Mr Breahna.

What lay behind "this suburban gang warfare" may or may not emerge during the trial, Mr Jafferjee told the court.

"It may have been an Eastern European turf war over cash machine stands - something sufficiently lucrative to jealously and violently guard," the jury was told.

The trial continues.

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