By Henry Bodkin
A jury has heard how a hotel night porter was found bludgeoned to death in a blood-spattered room after a "night of drug taking and sex" turned violent.
Khalilur Rahman received no fewer than 15 blows to his face, body and arms before dying of head injuries in the Woking Hotel in the early hours of 26 August last year.
At Guildford Crown Court on Monday, the man accused of his murder, Jermaine Lee, said he was guilty of Mr Rahman's manslaughter but denied intending to kill the Sheerwater resident or cause him grievous bodily harm.
The 32-year-old defendant, of Gorse Road in Croydon, had previously argued that he struck the victim in self-defence.
He appeared alongside 35-year-old Lisa Warner, of St Mary's Street in Milton Keynes, who denies one count of assisting an offender.
Opening the trial, prosecuting barrister Simon Russell Flint QC said Mr Lee had inflicted a beating on Mr Rahman that was "unprovoked, drug-fuelled and prolonged".
"If any crime demonstrates the dangers of unlawful drugs, this might be it," he said.
He described how Mr Lee was a dealer and user of crack cocaine and how Ms Warner was also a user.
"Mr Lee used to provide her with drugs and she paid him by providing sexual services," the prosecutor said.
"Mr Rahman was also a user of crack cocaine and a customer of the defendant.
"In exchange for supplying the drugs, the victim would allow Mr Lee to use the hotel bedroom where he would take drugs with him."
After her arrest, Ms Warner gave an account to police of what had taken place in room 106 of the Chertsey Road establishment on the night in question.
She said that she, Mr Lee and Mr Rahman had smoked crack and the night porter had then left.
At some point after, while both defendants were smoking more crack, Mr Lee became angry because he thought Mr Rahman had stolen some of the drugs, the court was told.
This coincided with the victim calling up to the room to ask to borrow a crack pipe, which appeared to confirm the defendant's suspicion.
"When Mr Rahman knocked on the door Mr Lee pulled him into the room, picked up a piece of wood and almost immediately began hitting him," said the prosecutor.
"He raised his arms to protect himself but Mr Lee continued to strike him, saying ‘You're taking me for a fool, you took my shit'. The victim was just saying ‘sorry'.
"The defendant began hitting him harder and harder and Mr Rahman had begun to bleed, spurting blood around the walls and on the bed," continued Mr Russell Flint.
"He was backing away down on his knees."
‘When he attacked the victim he did so intending to kill him'
The jury heard Mr Lee then paused his attack to pick up a serrated knife and said "I'm going to cut you up", but did not use the weapon and continued to punch Mr Rahman until he was slumped against the bed.
Mr Russell Flint showed the blood-stained 40cm-long piece of wood to the jury, describing it as "not an insubstantial weapon" and one on which Mr Lee's DNA profile had been found.
He said that after the attack both defendants got dressed and left the room, taking the wood with them but not the knife, which Mr Lee was said to have thrown down the hotel lift shaft.
Jurors heard how Mr Lee then went into the hotel reception office and removed what he thought were the relevant CCTV records, as well as stealing the safe.
The pair turned left out of the hotel and the prosecution alleges Ms Warner was carrying the piece of wood and then discarded it in some bushes in Duke's Court.
Some time later they ordered a taxi to West Byfleet railway station, where Mr Lee took a train to Waterloo and then Croydon.
Ms Warner returned to her tent on Horsell Moor where she had been living at the time.
Mr Russell Flint said when staff entered the crime scene they found blood splashed on the ceiling and a bloody hand print on the wall.
He argued that the evidence was so overwhelming that Mr Lee had been left with no choice but to admit unlawfully attacking and killing Mr Rahman, several of whose relatives were in court.
"Yet even now Mr Lee does not admit the full extent of his crime," he said.
"We say that when he attacked the victim he did so intending to kill him, or at the very least intending to cause him GBH."
The trial is expected to continue for two to three weeks.