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Drug dealer killed in robbery, court told

PUBLISHED: 12:47 18 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:42 25 August 2010

A MAN was stabbed to death in his own home when he tried to wrestle a gun from an armed robber after arranging a drug deal, a court heard.

A MAN was stabbed to death in his own home when he tried to wrestle a gun from an armed robber after arranging a drug deal, a court heard.

Sunny Eze, 33, was murdered after arranging a drug deal with two Jamaican men at his flat in Vyvyan House, Campbell Close, Shooter's Hill, the Old Bailey heard on Tuesday.

He was found in a pool of blood after police received two anonymous 999 calls.

Jurors heard that the caller, the only eyewitness to the killing, walked into a police station a week later.

Prosecutor Brian Altman QC said: "The investigation revealed the murder was almost certainly the result of a robbery during the course of a drugs deal.

"A police search of the flat revealed the premises had been used in the manufacture of cocaine or crack cocaine."

Michael Henry, 39, and Mark Brown, 35, now face trial for the murder.

Eyewitness Olisa Emeka Chibuzo, a friend of the victim, told police they met the men accused of the murder in Woolwich on the evening of March 4 last year.

All four then returned to Vyvyan House in two vehicles and went inside to complete the deal, the court heard.

But one of the men, said to be Mark Brown, asked to go to the toilet and then emerged with a gun, it is claimed.

Mr Altman said: "Olisa Chibuzo saw Sunny Eze kneeling on the floor telling them 'Take it all, take it all'

"The two intruders were shouting 'Is this it?'

"The males began running to the door but could not get out. They demanded the keys to the flat.

"Suzzy Eze then got up and tried grabbing the gun. He fought with the gunman and while they were struggling the second male, Henry, was stabbing Sunny Eze with the knife.

"He saw the second male repeatedly bringing the knife down onto Sunny Eze's back."

Brown's fingerprints were found on the victim's car and Henry's mobile phone was found broken next to the victim's body.

Henry, of Roupell Road, Streatham Hill, and Brown, of Woodville Road, Thornton Heath, both deny murder.

Brown denies possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

The trial continues.

marina.soteriou@archant.xco.uk

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