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Man charged with burglary murder

A man has been charged over the murder of a man who was bound with tape, threatened and assaulted during an armed burglary at his bungalow, police have said.

Edward and Anne Syrad were directly targeted by burglars who entered their home in south east London on January 25.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Syrad, 64, died of severe blunt trauma injuries and heart failure.

During the burglary Mr Syrad was threatened with a gun and assaulted. His wife was taken to hospital with minor injuries and later discharged.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said Gezim Delijah, 37, of no fixed abode, has been charged with murder and aggravated burglary.

Police were called to the home on Edendale Road, Barnehurst after two armed suspects who had disguised their appearance tied up the two occupants and stole a quantity of cash.

Detective Chief Inspector Cliff Lyons of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command said at the time: "We do not believe this was a random attack, we think that the couple have been directly targeted and our inquiries continue."

A relative, who did not want to be named, said Mrs Syrad found her motionless husband - known as Ted - after freeing herself.

He said: "The burglars walked into the bedroom and she was held at gunpoint. It's unclear what happened to Ted. As far as I'm aware she was tied up in one room and Ted was in another room. He was a crafty smoker, so it's thought he was in the garden having his last cigarette of the day and they came over the wall.

Delijah will appear at Bromley Magistrates' Court on Sunday.

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