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Murder accused 'played Candy Crush'

One of the men accused of being part of the honey trap murder of a professional poker player told a court he was playing Flappy Bird and Candy Crush on the night of the killing.

The Old Bailey trial has heard how Mehmet Hassan, 56, was bound and then stamped to death in his Islington flat in March last year for the sake of his stash of winnings.

The attackers, who then ransacked his home looking for cash, were allegedly let in by 25-year-old care assistant Leonie Granger, who had spent the evening at a casino with Mr Hassan before going back to his flat.

Afterwards, while he lay dead in a pool of blood, Granger and her accomplices were filmed on her mobile phone throwing £50 notes around and stuffing wads in underpants, the court has heard.

Granger is accused of Mr Hassan's murder and false imprisonment alongside her boyfriend Kyrron Jackson and his close friend Nicholas Chandler, both 28.

Giving evidence in his defence, Chandler said Jackson had picked him up outside his house at 12.25am on March 24 last year, despite telling his friend he was staying in.

Jackson asked him to go with him to pick up Granger and used sat nav to drive to an address in Islington, he said.

Chandler told the jury he had no idea exactly where they were going or who Granger had been with.

When the sat nav told them they had reached their destination, Jackson got out of the car alone, Chandler said. "I didn't get out of the car. I put the seat back on recline as far as it would go.

"I was playing Candy Crush on my phone and I was playing a game called Flappy Bird. I laid back for a bit. I was just there resting my eyes."

When questioned on Granger's earlier evidence that he was waiting outside the address when she left and ran away, Chandler said: "That's totally not true. That's a story she made up sitting over there." gesturing towards the dock.

After Jackson returned without Granger, he told Chandler she was in Lewisham and they set off again to find her there.

He said he was not aware of there being a television or any cash around when Jackson got back into the car and his friend did not appear to be acting strangely as they engaged in "general chitchat" on the journey.

Chandler denied he had Mr Hassan's phone, saying: "I have never even seen the phone at all."

Jackson and Chandler are further accused of robbing Mr Hassan, two counts of plotting to rob employees of Grosvenor Casinos, two counts of conspiracy to have a shotgun and imitation firearm in January last year, and two counts of conspiracy to falsely imprison.

Granger, of Gillingham, Kent; Jackson, of Romborough Way, Lewisham, south-east London; and Chandler, of Lee High Road, south-east London, deny the charges against them.

The trial continues.

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