A MAN accused of murdering a Lutterworth take-away boss told a court that the victim was alive when he left the crime scene.
Wali Khan (32), of St Stephen’s Road in Leicester, is one of three men facing trial for the murder of Dogan Dogan (50), the owner of Pizzaman in Church Street, Lutterworth.
Mr Dogan was found dead above his Leicester business, Aladdins, in January. He had been tied up and suffocated.
On Friday, Khan told the jury yesterday that Mr Dogan was talking to another of the robbers as he left the flat shortly after 4am with a bag of money.
Yesterday, Khan, an Afghan refugee, said through an interpreter: “He was talking in English and was still struggling.”
The other defendants in the trial are Sarwar Gader (35) and Naveed Naveed (28).
Khan told the jury that all three had smoked cannabis before they broke into the flat and waited for Mr Dogan.
Khan said: “We were in the storeroom and the man came upstairs and into his room.”
He said after a while Mr Dogan came out again and Gader shouted and punched him in the face.
He said Naveed then grappled with the man, along with Gader, and they called on Khan to help them. Khan said they pulled Mr Dogan’s top over his head and attempted to get him to the floor.
He said he came to Leicester in 2008 and befriended Naveed, who said he needed £6,000 to set up home with his girlfriend.
Khan suggested Naveed should ask Mr Dogan for a loan as he “was a very nice man”.
He told the court Naveed said “we should rob him” and continued to pester him about robbing Mr Dogan.
On Monday Naveed’s lawyer, Joanna Greenberg QC, accused Khan of telling lies.
She challenged him about phone calls made to Pakistan hours before and after the robbery, at Aladdins.
Miss Greenberg said Khan was contacting a friend – once to say the robbery was going to take place and later to say it had happened.
But Khan said he was ringing his younger brother.