A man accused of murdering his ex-boyfriend by setting light to him was allegedly owed £2,000 by him, a court has heard.

Nadim Kurrimbukus, 25, allegedly told childhood friend Yusuf Dulloo that his ex-boyfriend, Charlie Davies, owed him money and he needed help to get it back.

Dulloo further alleged that Kurrimbukus sent him text messages about having Mr Davies beaten with a baseball bat and tried to arrange for him to be visited by a debt collector.

He also said Kurrimbukus has said Mr Davies, who died 12 days after being set on fire on June 14th, 2008, was his girlfriend’s brother.

Kingston Crown Court heard from Dulloo that his co-defendant, Kurrimbukus, had not revealed himself as gay,

The Staines Guardian reports that Dulloo said Kurrimbukus had complained to him about his “girlfriend” taking his cat back to Staines. The “girlfriend” was, according Kurrimbukus, running up a high telephone bill at the house they had shared in Manchester, Dulloo told the court.

Dulloo claimed to have not known anything about the attack at the time. He alleged that Kurrimbukus had left the car that they were in on the 14th of July, and had been away from the car for ten to 15 minutes.

He said he had heard a scream before Kurrimbukus ran back to the car and drove it away from the scene of the incident. Dulloo claimed: “At one point he handed over a lighter and a gas refill can. That was when we were on the motorway.”

Dulloo, 27, said that his co-defendant told him that he had “lit the guy” the day after the incident, the court heard.

The luxury car salesman said that he lied to police about his whereabouts at the time of the incident so as to agree with Kurrimbukus’ alibi that they were both on a park bench that night, adding, “If he had said we were actually in Staines, I would have said we were in Staines.”

The 25-year-old student earlier alleged that Dulloo was trying to blame him for the murder as a punishment for being gay.

Both men deny the charges of murder and a separate charge of arson. The case continues.