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Publican used ironing board to kill patron

By Emily Pennink

Published 01/08/2015

A pub landlord is facing jail for killing a wealthy American with an ironing board
A pub landlord is facing jail for killing a wealthy American with an ironing board

A pub landlord is facing jail for killing a wealthy American with an ironing board.

Rostam Notarki chased 53-year-old Charles Hickox out of his pub near Hampton Court Palace in London after the victim went to confront staff about a missing credit card.

The publican "jabbed" Mr Hickox with the ironing board sending him hurtling into the path of an on-coming van.

Notarki (53) of Beech Way, Twickenham, denied the killing, claiming he was acting in self-defence as he feared his son would be attacked after Mr Hickox bashed him with a tennis racquet.

The Old Bailey jury rejected his defence and found him guilty of manslaughter on July 1.

He had already admitted hiding CCTV footage of the incident from a police search of the pub.

His son Kian (20) and barman Mehrad Mohmadi (45), who helped conceal the hard drive and monitor, were also convicted of perverting the course of justice.

The defendants, who are on bail, will be sentenced at a later date at the Old Bailey.

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