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Neighbour 'saw lawyer's murder'
Tom ap Rhys Pryce
Mr ap Rhys Pryce was attacked on his way home from work
A neighbour has told a court how murdered City lawyer Tom ap Rhys Price at first ran from two muggers before trying to defend himself.

Anique Bazil said the 31-year-old finally gave in, handed over something and collapsed, the Old Bailey heard.

Mr ap Rhys Pryce died near his home in Kensal Green, north-west London, on 12 January this year.

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

Miss Bazil, giving evidence from behind a curtain, said she was at her computer on the night of 12 January when she heard running and looked out of the window.

He was staggering and fell... He got up and walked a few paces and fell behind a van... I did not see him again
Anique Bazil
She said: "I saw a white man running, with two black men following closely behind him.

"They caught up to him. He turned to face them. There was a struggle.

"I think I remember him just giving up and handing something over. They grabbed whatever it was and they walked away.

"The man walked. He was staggering and fell. He got up and walked a few paces and fell behind a van. I did not see him again."

Trail of blood

The jury was told a trail of blood and belongings along Bathurst Gardens suggested Mr ap Rhys Pryce was trying to get to the home he shared with his fiancee.

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

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

The defendants have both pleaded guilty to the robbery of a middle-aged man in Kensal Green underground station.

Mr Ali, a chef, was attacked at the station where 20 minutes later Mr ap Rhys Pryce arrived home from work.

They also admit conspiracy to rob in December, but deny charges of wounding the two victims with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.


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