JURORS were shown graphic evidence depicting the victim’s body and blood-splattered walls during the opening day of the Seaford murder trial.
Shahadat Sohag, 22, of no fixed abode, denies murdering former Seaford Head Community College pupil Ahmed Remon Hayder, 27, on February 1, 2010.
The victim was looking after his parents’ restaurant The Moon of India, in Sutton Park Road, whilst they were on holiday in Bangladesh.
Ahmed, known as Ray, was found dead in the family home above the restaurant after an employee at the architect’s business below noticed blood dripping through the ceiling.
A jury at Lewes Crown Court heard he had suffered 16 blows to his head, and multiple blows to the rest of his body, with blunt and sharp instruments.
Mohammed Anhar, 34, from East London, Ray’s cousin, has pleaded guilty to murder and aggravated burglary.
Sohag denies both the murder and aggravated burglary charges.
The jury was told Anhar and Sohag had travelled to Seaford together and entered the flat.
On Monday May 9 prosecutor Philippa McAtasney QC said, “It seems they may have disturbed Ray whilst trying to get the keys from the bedside.
“At first he tried to defend himself and get away from his attackers but the attack was so severe and vicious that he was overpowered in a violent struggle and received knife injuries particularly to his head and face.”
Sohag claimed he had tried to help Ray, had picked up a towel to stop the bleeding and put it on his head.
Anhar told him to stop and threatened to kill him too - so to save his own life he did nothing, he said.
Sohag said Anhar got him to make sure his prints were in the house to blackmail him into silence.
The trial continues.