A Staines man accused of killing his ex-boyfriend by setting him on fire allegedly bombarded his co-defendant with phone calls in the weeks leading up to the attack, a court has heard.

The Richmond Guardian reports that Nadim Kurrimbukus, 25, is accused of dousing 23-year-old Charlie Davies in petrol and setting him alight outside his home in Templedene Avenue, Staines, on June 14 last year.

The Tesco worker died of his injuries later in hospital.

Kurrimbukus’ friend Yusaf Dulloo, 27, of Ashton Gardens, has been accused of assisting in the attack.

Dulloo’s girlfriend Julie Khetani told Kingston Crown Court today that Kurrimbukus would call Dulloo repeatedly until he picked up the phone. She denied knowing anything about the attack.

Yesterday the court was told that Kurrimbukus sent a message to Dulloo on the morning of the attack saying “I have to do it tonight”.

Kurrimbukus has said this was a reference to visiting his parents.

Both men deny murder and arson. The case continues.