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Christopher Foster murder: 'Revenge gang killed innocent man'

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Image caption Christopher Foster died in hospital shortly after he was stabbed in the back

A "totally innocent man" was murdered by a gang of hooded men wielding bats and a knife in a revenge attack which went wrong, a court has heard.

Christopher Foster, 34, was stabbed in the back outside a pub in Borough, south London, last November.

Knifeman Aytach Lisani, 33, has pleaded guilty to murdering the father-of-one. Five more men deny the charge and are on trial at the Old Bailey.

Jurors were told the gang thought Mr Foster had attacked Lisani's cousin.

They were looking for Harry Saunders who they believed had slashed the face of Aydin Salih, who is now in Cyprus.

Mr Foster was having a last drink outside Saint Christopher's Inn with his friend Danny Murphy when a gang of about seven men as well as Mr Salih approached, the court heard.

Prosecutor David Fisher told the court: "Faces obscured by hoods and scarves, their conduct was menacing, some were carrying bats and at least one knife."

He said Mr Foster and Mr Murphy decided to go back inside the pub but before they got away Mr Foster was attacked. He died in hospital an hour-and-a-half later.

"Christopher Foster had not said or done anything at all that could begin to explain why he was stabbed, and you may conclude that he was wrongly believed by a number of these defendants to be a man called Harry Saunders who was in the same area as Mr Foster and had just weeks earlier apparently slashed the face of Aydin Salih," Mr Fisher said.

He added Mr Foster was a stranger to most of the defendants, "if not all of them".

Billy Dove, 30, Ricky Huggins, 29, Rocky Djelal, 34, Ali Lisani, 38, all of south-east London, deny murder along with Mohmmed Aalamani, 28, of east London.

Michael Gore, 55, and Joanna Stevens, 33, of south east London, deny perverting the course of justice.

The trial continues.

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