Accused 'panicked' when Gagandip Singh was attacked

Gagandip Singh Gagandip Singh's body was found in the boot of a burning Mercedes

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A student who invited a 21-year-old man to her home "panicked" and fled the room when her friends began attacking him, the Old Bailey has heard.

Mundill Mahil, from Kent, said she heard "thudding noises" after Gagandip Singh went into the room in February.

The 20-year-old said she had no idea that her co-defendants Harinder Shoker, from Greenwich, and Darren Peters, of Blackheath, both 20, would attack him.

All three deny murdering Mr Singh whose body was found in south-east London.

It was discovered in Blackheath in the boot of a car which had been set on fire.

The court heard Mr Singh had been beaten unconscious.

'Fight or flight'

Ms Mahil said that when Mr Singh - who was known as Gagan - arrived at her home and she led him into the bedroom, Mr Peters, of Shooters Hill Road, struck the first blow.

She told the jury: "I panicked, I didn't know what to do. For me it was a fight or flight situation, I just wanted to get out of the room."

But Ms Mahil, of Maidstone Road, Chatham, ignored the victim calling her name and did not attempt to call the police.

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OK can we talk civil or do you just want me dead?”

End Quote Gagandip Singh's text to Mundill Mahil

She said: "I was scared because I had invited Gagan, I was scared that I would be accused or blamed for him being hurt."

After Mr Shoker, of Charlton Park Lane, and Mr Peters had driven off with Mr Singh, Ms Mahil's roommate tried to comfort her and they sat eating a pie in the kitchen.

She later told her housemates to say that Mr Singh had visited but then left, the court heard. She also admitted lying to his sister.

The jury heard that later that night she spoke to Mr Shoker, but Ms Mahil said it remained unclear exactly what had happened.

Earlier the court heard the victim had sent a text message to Ms Mahil before the visit, asking: "OK can we talk civil or do you just want me dead?"

Ms Mahil said she thought Mr Singh would be "intimidated" by Mr Shoker and Mr Peters and lectured on religion.

All three defendants also deny an alternative count of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

The trial continues.

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