A man accused of murdering a doctor during a mugging near Buckingham Palace was bullied as a child for being the face of Angel Delight, a court heard today.And so what?
Tom Connor, 20, allegedly battered Dr Nadim Gulamhuseinwala with a cast iron fence railing after a night out in the West End.It’s a little strange to beat a doctor to death as a result.
He described how he was 'teased and tormented' as a child when he gave evidence to an Old Bailey jury.
Connor said pupils discovered he had done photographic modelling - including being the face of the instant desert - when he started secondary school.
Was he taunting this poor soul with some whipped reconstituted dessert?
Did he resemble the man’s nemesis, the long-ago photographer who took the soul-scarring images?
Well, no. None of those things. The poor guy was minding his own business when he happened to cross the path of these two charmers:
Connor had been out with his friend William Paton - who is jointly charged with Dr Gulamhuseinwala's murder - in a bar in Bromley on July 25, the night of the attack.So, the Angel Delight gig is in the clear – it was the drugs and the booze and the sexual frustration wot did it…
He had bought 1g of cocaine for £40 and the pair had then caught an N47 night bus to London. They carried on drinking at the Strawberry Moons club until 3am and then wandered into Soho.
Connor told the jury he had been approached by a woman in the street and offered prostitutes. He claimed she had taken £105 without providing any sexual services.
It was this 'robbery' that made him go 'mental' and attack Dr Gulamhuseinwal after he saw him walking through Green Park.
'As he leaned over while on his phone I struck him down, he's got up, looked at me and as I have swung the pole he looked up so I let go of the pole.Good to know…
'It's just hit him square on the head. It hit his left cheek first and he's gone down. I saw his eyes were open, I thought he was looking at me so I got scared.
'I stamped on his head a couple of times. Then I realised what I was doing. It's not normally I do that.'
Dr Gulamhuseinwala, who worked as an associate at McKinsey's in Jermyn Street, died after suffering multiple skull fractures and brain damage.And will probably get away with that, too.
Connor, of Orpington, Kent; and Paton, also from Orpington, both deny murder and robbery.
And so another hard-working useful member of society has his life needlessly snuffed out by two people who, if there was any justice, would swing.