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'Murderer' robbed victim of Oyster card

PUBLISHED: 11:55 02 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:55 25 August 2010

A FAILED asylum seeker who stamped on a sales assistant s head and battered him to death was caught after using his victim s Oyster card, a court heard.  Mossab Belhocine, 19, of Forest Road, Walthamstow, launched an attack of such ferocity on 28-year-

A FAILED asylum seeker who stamped on a sales assistant's head and battered him to death was caught after using his victim's Oyster card, a court heard.

Mossab Belhocine, 19, of Forest Road, Walthamstow, launched an attack of 'such ferocity' on 28-year-old David Cooper he left an imprint of his trainer on the dead man's face, jurors were told.

Belhocine, who also used the fake name Adam Saidi, robbed the helpless victim as he lay bleeding to death in the early hours of November 19 last year, the Old Bailey heard.

He had gone back to Mr Cooper's flat after the pair met in central London and were seen on CCTV travelling home on the night bus together.

Mr Cooper, described as a 'single gay man', was discovered the next day by two friends who noticed the door to his flat in Sir Martin Bowes House, Calderwood Street, Woolwich, was ajar.

Seeing his lifeless body face down on the floor they ran to the nearest police station.

Jurors heard Belhocine, who was refused asylum in April last year, was arrested five days after the attack when police began monitoring his Oyster card.

Following his arrest the defendant burst into tears and said: "He tried to rape me. What was I supposed to do? I had to defend myself. Is he really dead?"

The court heard when Belhocine was arrested officers found Mr Cooper's two bracelets, a DVD player, a flat screen TV, laptop, play station and Oyster card in his attic bedroom.

Belhocine first came to the UK in 2005 on a visitor's visa but then returned to his native Algeria.

He arrived back in London in April 2007 on a similar visa and applied for asylum in March 2008 under the name of Adam Saidi, giving a birthday which made him two years younger than he actually was.

His application was refused. Belhocine denies robbery and murder.

The trial continues.

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