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Man accused of killing Barnehurst pensioner to go on trial

PUBLISHED: 16:30 10 May 2013 | UPDATED: 11:59 21 May 2013

Tributes left to Edward Syrad in Edendale Road

Tributes left to Edward Syrad in Edendale Road

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The trial of a man accused of killing Barnehurst pensioner Edward Syrad is due to start on Monday (May 13).

Gezim Delija, 41, was originally charged with murder but it was downgraded to manslaughter in a hearing at the Old Bailey in February.

He is also charged with robbery and possessing an imitation firearm with intent and the trial was adjourned for three months because of the need to review evidence.

Delija is accused of breaking into 64-year-old Mr Syrad’s home in Edendale Road on January 25 last year where the homeowner was allegedly threatened with a gun and assaulted before being tied up. Police were called at 10.30pm but Mr Syrad died at the scene.

Mr Syrad’s wife Anne was also tied up but escaped serious injury.

The post-mortem revealed the cause of death to be numerous severe blunt trauma injuries and heart failure.

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