A court has heard that a man accused of killing his ex-boyfriend by setting him on fire had tried to have him beaten up before.

Nadim Kurrimbukus, 24, denies charges of arson and murder relating to the death of Charlie Davies, a 23-year-old Tesco worker who lived in Staines.

His co-defendant, Yusuf Dulloo, also denies the charges.

The court heard evidence from Kurrimbukus’ best friend, Corinne Port-Louis, who testified that he had asked her to be his alibi for the time of the attack.

She initially agreed, but when informed of the seriousness of Mr Davies’ condition by police, she did not give the alibi.

Ms Port-Louis told the court that Kurrimbukus had attempted to have Mr Davies injured in the weeks preceding his death.

She said: “He [Kurrimbukus] tried to get something done to Charlie, have him beaten up.

“They had not done it properly. He said that Yusuf probably knew a couple of guys who would do something to Charlie.”

Mr Davies, 23, was attacked on June 14th last year. He died 12 days later in hospital.

The prosecution suggests he was killed in a revenge attack after splitting up with Kurrimbukus.

Last week, the court heard how a neighbour of Mr Davis was walking past his house in Templedene Avenue, Staines, when she heard him scream.

She turned around to see him on fire and a man in a hood fleeing down an alleyway. Other neighbours rushed to help, telling Mr Davies to roll on the floor.

The neighbour said she had seen the hooded man in an alleyway near by moments before the attack.

The court was told that his face was mostly covered but the witness said she could see a small part of his skin which she believed was white, unlike the Asian defendent.

It is claimed that Kurrimbukus filled the lock on Mr Davies’ front door with superglue and laid in wait for him. He then poured petrol over his head, setting him on fire, it is alleged.

The case continues.