21st Oct, 2017

Court told of drug-fuelled row before man fell to his death

Coventry Editorial 11th Jun, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A MAN threw his friend from the eighth floor of a block of flats after attacking him during a drug-fuelled row, a court has heard.

Prosecutors said moments earlier Younis Masih had been caught on CCTV trying to drag the half-naked Edwin Mazorodze into a lift, but failed and instead simply threw him over a balcony over Paradise House on Eden Street in the city.

And as 31-year-old Zimbabwean Mr Mazorodze lay dying on the ground with paramedics battling to save him Mr Masih left, making no attempt to find out how his friend was, a jury has heard.

The 40-year-old, of Paradise House, has pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to murder on December 4 last year.

On the opening day of the trial the jury at Warwick Crown Court was told Mr Mazorodze’s body was found shortly after 11pm by two friends returning home to the nine storey block. He died at the scene shortly after midnight.

Prosecutor Peter Grieves-Smith said: “Both were in the habit of taking heroin and crack, and that evening was no exception. For some reason an argument broke out between them in Masih’s flat, and neighbours heard him shouting at Mr Mazorodze to ‘get out’.”

Mr Grieves-Smith told the jury Mr Masih’s case was that, having both taken the same cocktail of drugs, Mr Mazorodze had reacted and become aggressive towards him so he locked him out, only for him to try to get up the outside of the building to the bedroom window before falling to his death.

The jury were shown photographs of the outside of the block that show the bedroom extended over the landing to the edge of the balcony wall on which Mr Masih said Mr Mazorodze had been standing.

“You will see the utter impossibility of trying to scale that building would be obvious to anyone,” he added.

The trial continues.

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