Delivery driver accused of murdering millionairess, 71, in her home said he woke up and found her

Delivery driver accused of murdering millionairess, 71, in her home said he woke up and found her

Delivery driver accused of murdering millionairess, 71, in her home tells murder trial how he woke up, went downstairs and found her dead in the living room

  • Romanian Mohammed El-Abboud, 24, was living in victim Louise Kam’s house
  • His friend, chef Kusai Al-Jundi, 28, promised to buy the property for £6 million
  • Ms Kam drove home on July 26 2021 to finalise the deal but never left home alive
  • It is alleged that El-Abboud and Al-Jundi strangled her and dumped body in a bin

A delivery driver accused of murdering a 71-year-old millionairess in her home told a murder trial that he woke up, went downstairs and found her dead in the living room. 

Romanian Mohammed El-Abboud, 24, was living in victim Louise Kam’s house after his friend, a 28-year-old chef named Kusai Al-Jundi, promised to buy the property in a £6 million deal. 

Ms Kam drove her BMW to the house in East Barnet on July 26 2021, thinking a lawyer would be there to finalise arrangements with the pair, but would never leave home alive.    

El-Abboud and Al-Jundi strangled the woman and dumped her body in a bin which was found three days later outside Al-Jundi’s home, the Old Bailey heard.

Romanian Mohammed El-Abboud, 24

Romanian Mohammed El-Abboud (right), 24, was living in victim Louise Kam’s (left) house, after his friend promised to buy the property in a £6 million deal

Al-Jundi offered Ms Kam £6 million he did not have after conning another woman out of her Audi TT and a Toyota Rav 4 by promising to pay £57,000 and giving her nothing, it was said.  

Giving evidence today, El-Abboud told jurors he was living in Ms Kam’s home in Gallants Farm Road on the day she died.

‘I came downstairs and I saw Ms Louise laid down in the living room,’ he told jurors. 

‘I saw Ms Louise and I got scared and I was shocked and I started to cry. I felt a reaction I do not know how to explain.’

Graham Trembath, defending, asked El-Abboud: ‘Was the body moving at all?’

This Audi TT was stolen from another woman by the two men, El-Abboud and Al-Jundi, who strangled Louise Kam and dumped her body in a bin, it is alleged

This Audi TT was stolen from another woman by the two men, El-Abboud and Al-Jundi, who strangled Louise Kam and dumped her body in a bin, it is alleged

El-Abboud said: ‘I didn’t pay attention because I was so shocked…I didn’t have time to do anything because my phone was ringing.’

Al-Jundi had called El-Abboud using his friend Maria Amariucai’s number – with call records showing they spoke for more than 22 minutes, the court heard. 

El-Abboud told the court: ‘I said “What have you done? Have you killed a woman?” I was crying and shouting and he said: “Shut the f*** up the neighbours will hear you”.

‘I was just shaking and crying and then he said “shut up don’t worry because I will clean up all of this mess”. 

‘At that time I started to shake again and I heard Maria say please calm down.

‘I went up to my room, I was by my bed and I kept crying and I said: “What should I do now you have destroyed my life?” and he said don’t worry.

‘I said I will call the police and he said do not make this mistake because nobody will believe me.

‘He said: “Listen to me, you’ve got no house, no money, no family – you’ve got nothing and you don’t even know how to speak English. But I do have money, I have power and I can sort out absolutely everything so don’t worry, calm down. I can sort out this mess, I promise you I will not get you into trouble”.’

El-Abboud continued and said he went back downstairs to the living room.

‘The room was smelling very badly…her face was changed, it was black,’ he said. 

‘I ran upstairs and I put my clothes on. I stayed thinking, what should I do? I was alone and I didn’t know what to do.’

Mr Trembath, defending, asked: ‘Mr El-Abboud, why did you not ring the police?’

He replied: ‘I was afraid – I didn’t know what to do.’

Mr Trembath asked: ‘Why did you not call an ambulance?’

El-Abboud replied: ‘I got scared – this was the first time I had experience anything like this. I just woke up, came downstairs and saw a dead woman in the living room.’

‘How did you know she was dead?,’ Mr Trembath asked. 

El-Abboud said: ‘I didn’t know, but when I saw her, my phone was ringing straight away and the colour of her face had changed. I don’t know how, but I knew she was dead.’

Al-Jundi, of Wood End Road, Harrow, and El-Abboud, whose last address was Gallants Farm Road, Barnet, both deny Ms Kam’s murder.

Al-Jundi has chosen not to give evidence before the jury. The trial continues.

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Katherine Lawton

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