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Curry delivery man Abdul Samad 'lured to death' in 1997

A curry delivery man was lured to a quiet residential street and hacked to death, the Old Bailey has been told.

Abdul Samad, 25, was called to Alwyne Villas in Islington, north London, with a bogus takeaway order in May 1997, jurors heard.

He was then chased and killed with a meat cleaver, knife and baseball bat, the court heard.

Mohiuddin Bablu, 37, who was extradited from Bangladesh last year, denies murder.

Mr Samad had recently opened the nearby Curry-in-a-Hurry takeaway.

Mark Ellison QC, prosecuting, said he was lured to the street before being chased by his attackers.

Neighbours who heard screams saw the fatal assault, the jury heard.

Some homeowners chased the attackers but were pulled back by neighbours fearing they would be in danger, Mr Ellison said.

The victim - also known as Kemal - died later that night.

Mr Ellison said: "The order, from a public telephone kiosk, was clearly to lure Kemal to a relatively quiet location in a residential street where he could be attacked."

The jury heard that two weeks before the killing, a friend of Mr Samad said the victim had been threatened because he refused to get involved in a dispute between two groups in north London.

"They said if he didn't sort it out, they would kill him," said Mr Ellison.

Mr Samad received 18 wounds to his head and body caused by stabbing and chopping motions.

The prosecution said DNA from a scarf used as a mask was traced to Mr Bablu.

Mr Samad, of Bow, east London, was survived by a wife and two children.

The trial continues.

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