Horrific murder of Mr Pizzaman
A POPULAR Lutterworth takeaway boss died when he was tied up and suffocated during a robbery at one of his businesses, a jury heard.
Dogan Dogan (50) owned and ran Pizzaman in Church Street, Lutterworth, and was found dead at a bed-sit above Aladdins takeaway in Linton Street, Leicester, on January 8 this year.
Mr Dogan, who had ran Pizzaman since 2000, was well-known to customers and nearby business owners in Lutterworth.
Three men went on trial at Birmingham Crown Court for his murder on Wednesday.
They are Wali Khan (32), Naveed Naveed (28) and Sarwar Gader (35).
Prosecution barrister Gordon Aspden said Mr Dogan’s body was found by two members of his staff who arrived at Aladdins for work on Sunday, January 8.
Mr Dogan’s hands and feet were tied using yellow twine and a towel and clothing had been tied over his face.
It suffocated him and caused his death, the court heard.
Three of his ribs were also broken and the area around one of his eyes was bruised. About £1,000 in takings from Aladddins and Pizzaman were also missing from the bed-sit.
Mr Aspden said Mr Dogan had been at his Lutterworth business throughout the evening of Saturday, January 7, and had left there shortly before 3am the following morning.
A CCTV camera showed him entering his bed-sit above Aladddins at 3.29am –the last time he was seen alive. The same CCTV camera showed a car carrying three men driving away from Aladdins at about 4.23am. Mr Aspden said this car belonged to Naveed .
The car was tracked on CCTV driving around in Leicester and police saw items being thrown from the vehicle which later turned out to be a set of keys belonging to Mr Dogan and some latex gloves.
The court heard Naveed and Khan were arrested a week later and found to be in possession of Mr Dogan’s phone.
Gader was arrested about a week after that – but different accounts were given by all three men during police interviews.
Mr Dogan, a Kurdish-Turkish who was affectionately known as Mr Pizzaman by some of his customers, split his time between his Lutterworth and Leicester businesses, although it is thought he spent more time at Lutterworth.
The police appeal into his death included the posting of two adverts asking for information on the social networking site Facebook.
The ads, one of which was published in English and the other in Turkish, targeted more than 900,000 people from the Leicester area.
Floral tributes from friends, neighbouring business people and staff members were left outside the Lutterworth take-away in the days following his death.
All three men deny murder. Khan has admitted a charge of robbery.
The trial continues.
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