Knifed to death: Zahir Visiter, 24, was stabbed near his home and two men including a teenager are on trial accused of his murder
Two killers on Boris Bikes knifed a music producer to death after he said goodbye to his girlfriend at home then fled to a mosque to change their clothes and evade police, a court heard.
Kamal Hussain and teenager Yosef Ahmed are accused of fatally stabbing Zahir Visiter in north-west London in the early evening of March 28 2019, before briefly taking refuge in the London Central Mosque.
The pair - who are accused of changing into new outfits - were initially stopped and spoken to by police as the mosque was stormed by officers, but let go shortly after because their descriptions did not match the suspects', the Old Bailey heard.
Mr Visiter, 25, was stabbed four times 'with considerable force' near his home in Hucknall Court shortly after 6.10pm.
A neighbour called emergency services who rushed Mr Visiter to St Mary’s Hospital but he was pronounced dead at 7.19pm.
Mr Visiter had earlier received a number of ‘concerning’ calls which he answered out of earshot of his girlfriend Sarah Akapelwa, leading her to fear he was cheating on her.
But after the last call he asked her to help him count out £280 in cash and left her to hand over the cash to an unknown person on the street outside.
Armed police searched the London Central Mosque near Regent's Park in north-west London search for the suspects in March
Ten minutes later Ms Akapelwa learnt that her boyfriend had been stabbed, the Old Bailey heard.
Prosecutor James Mulholland QC told jurors that while there were no witnesses to the stabbing, Hussain and Ahmed were behind the 'pre-planned' alleged murder, and arrived at the scene on street-rented Santander bicycles in the minutes before Mr Visiter's death.
He said: 'Footage shows the two defendants at various stages, from the time they approach the area of north-west