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Murder trial teenager denies robbery

PUBLISHED: 10:27 30 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:38 25 August 2010

VICTIM: David Cooper.

VICTIM: David Cooper.

A TEENAGER who is accused of battering a sales assistant to death in his own home has denied robbing the victim of hundreds of pounds worth of electrical equipment.

A TEENAGER who is accused of battering a sales assistant to death in his own home has denied robbing the victim of hundreds of pounds worth of electrical equipment.

Mossab Belhocine, 19, of no fixed address but living in Walthamstow, has previously denied murdering 28-year-old David Cooper in his flat in Sir Martin Bowes House, Calderwood Street, Woolwich.

The Algerian appeared at the Old Bailey last Thursday via videolink from prison, wearing a brown stripey polo neck t-shirt, to deny two new counts of robbery.

He is accused of robbing Mr Cooper on November 19 last year - the night he was killed.

It is claimed he took a silver bracelet, a black case, a DVD player, a flat screen television and a miniature laptop computer.

The victim, who had been on a night out in Soho the previous evening, was found dead in his home by two friends at about 2pm on November 19.

A post mortem revealed he had died of severe head injuries.

Belhocine - also known as Adam Saidi - faces a further charge of robbing Hazel Macdonald of a coat, a set of house keys and £6 in cash on November 17. Judge Peter Thornton, QC, set a trial date of June 29.

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