Shot Mayfair Club doorman Bogdan Paduret 'refused entry'

Bogdan Paduret
Image caption Mr Paduret died because the group felt they had "not been shown respect", the court heard

A doorman at a nightclub in London's West End was gunned down after refusing entry to a group of people, a court heard today.

Bogdan Paduret was shot twice in the head as he returned home from a shift at the Mayfair Club near Piccadilly on 27 November 2010.

John Otugade, 19, Troy Shaw, 20, Danny Dixon, 29, Errol Jeffrey, 29, and Christopher N'Jie, 19, deny murder.

Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC called the crime "callous and casual".

Romanian Mr Paduret, known as Tony, was shot outside his house in Temple Fortune, north London, in front of his friend Constantin Cimpan who had given him a lift home from work.

'Underworld celebrity'

The Old Bailey heard that three weeks earlier Mr Paduret had refused to allow a group of about 10 people into the club, and a fight broke out.

Mr Aylett said Mr Paduret must have had a "high profile in that fight" because he was the head doorman, 6ft 5in tall and had long hair tied up in a bun.

He said: "It may be that it was Jeffrey who was least able to forget or forgive the slight that he and his friends had suffered.

"Tony Paduret had simply been doing his job. Nonetheless, Jeffrey and his friends must have felt that they had not been shown the respect to which they considered themselves entitled," Mr Aylett told the court.

The prosecution said that John Otugade, from Hackney, was the gunman, and that he fled on a motorbike driven by Christopher N'Jie, from the Isle of Dogs.

Mr Aylett said that Mr Otugade had "almost certainly never met" the victim

He said: "Otugade was looking to make a name for himself - to acquire a degree of underworld celebrity - by doing someone else's dirty work.

"The dirty work, the prosecution suggest, of the second defendant, Errol Jeffrey."

It is alleged that Troy Shaw from Poplar, east London, Mr Jeffrey, and Danny Dixon from Hounslow, west London, acted as "spotters" to keep tabs on where Mr Paduret was.

The case continues.

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