Pair admit manslaughter of bouncer at New Year party in Mayfair
Two young men have admitted responsibility for the death of a bouncer who was stabbed during a brawl outside an exclusive New Year party in Mayfair.
Tudor Simionov, 33, was knifed in the chest during the “fast moving” fracas in the early hours of January 1 while on duty at an unlicensed party held at 80 Park Lane.
On Tuesday, three young men went on trial at the Old Bailey accused of his murder
On the second day of the trial, two of the defendants – Adam Khalil, 20, from Kingsbury in north-west London, and Haroon Akram, 26, of no fixed abode – entered guilty pleas to a lesser charge of manslaughter.
The pleas were accepted by the prosecution and the pair were formally found guilty of manslaughter by the jury on the directions of the judge.
A third defendant, Nor Hamada, 23, of no fixed abode, has denied murder and five wounding charges and his trial continues.
Jurors have heard Ossama Hamed, who is alleged to have delivered the fatal wound, has fled the jurisdiction.
Prosecutor Philip Evans said the defendants were among a group of friends who had been celebrating the new year at Aquum nightclub in Clapham.
In the early hours of January 1, they drove in an Audi and Jaguar to 80 Park Lane, the venue of an unlicensed New Year’s Eve after-party with “high” entrance prices, jurors heard.
Nine door supervisors had been employed to control entry, including Mr Simionov.
Jurors have seen a series of mobile phone clips of a group of men milling around the entrance to the party as the defendants were allegedly turned away.
Akram was seen being held by one of the doormen before a scuffle began on the bonnet of a parked Lamborghini.
The footage also showed Hamed, 25, wielding a knife as the fight continued, the court heard.
Mr Simionov came outside to intervene in an attack on one of his colleagues and was stabbed in the chest, jurors heard.
Despite being fatally injured, the victim delivered a blow and struck Hamed down, it was alleged.
The whole incident took just six minutes and left five other members of staff injured, jurors have heard.
Hamada is on trial alongside Adham El Shalakany, 24, of Hammersmith, west London, who denies violent disorder, and Shaymaa Lamrani, 26, of Ealing, west London, who has pleaded not guilty to perverting the course of justice by disposing of the knife used to stab Mr Simionov.