A man was found tied up under a duvet after being strangled to death at his flat in Kirton Gardens, a court has heard.
Darren Ammon, 47, was discovered by police officers after a neighbour became concerned about his welfare, having noticed that his lights had been turned off for several days.
The court was told that neighbours heard banging coming from the flat and heard Mr Ammon shouting ‘No, no, no’.”
The neighbour said that “unusually no one had gone in or left Darren Ammon’s flat” so reported Ammon missing.
On Wednesday, October 19, the police were called and forced entry to a flat where they discovered Mr Ammon with his hands and legs bound.
The police found Mr Ammon lying on the floor covered with a duvet, his legs had been tied by a black belt, his hands had been tied and a length of white rope was around his neck. His bank card was missing, and his wallet was empty.
A post-mortem examination was carried out and gave a cause of death as compression to the neck.
On Saturday, 22 October, Salieu Seray-Wurie, 25, was arrested on suspicion of murder.
Appearing today (Wednesday, October 26) at the Old Bailey, he only spoke to confirm his name and details.
His niece Sade Ammon said: “Darren was well loved by his family and the people he grew up with.
“He was on-off homeless for a number of years but had finally been placed in a home, he was happy and optimistic about this.
“Darren would often welcome people to stay with him if they had nowhere else to go, unfortunately his generosity may have cost him his life.”
Seray-Wurie, of no fixed abode, was remanded into custody and will next appear at the Old Bailey for a plea hearing on January 11.
The family have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money towards the funeral: https://www.gofundme.com/f/darren-ammon