An illegal Somali immigrant is alleged to have stabbed a man to death, before trying to get himself deported.
Mohamed Abdillahi, 25, is accused of murdering Augustus Fenton, 27, in Southall, west London, with four others, three of whom have not been traced.
Abdillahi was ordered to leave the country in 2013 and allegedly contacted immigration officers after the killing, in the hope they would fly him back to Africa.
He has admitted violent disorder but denies murder and wounding with intent.
Mr Fenton was attacked and stabbed to death by a group of men in Southall on March 28, the Old Bailey heard.
Prosecutor Oliver Glasgow QC said: ‘On 28 March of this year Augustus Fenton was attacked and stabbed to death by a group of young men in Southall.
‘Augustus Fenton was chased and set upon in the middle of the road. He was punched and kicked by the young men, including this defendant.’
Mr Fenton called his brother Elijah Fenton, 31, in a panic to get to safety.
Mr Glasgow said: ‘Help was not to reach him in time, Augustus Fenton was spotted by the group of young men, three of whom ran down the road towards him, this defendant is one of those three.
‘During the course of that attack he was stabbed several times and struck with a baseball bat.’
Mr Fenton’s brother Elijah arrived shortly after, at which point the group set about attacking him, it is alleged.
He was stabbed in the palm and buttock but survived the attack, the court heard.
Mr Glasgow continued: ‘This defendant contacted the immigration authorities and tried to arrange to be repatriated to Somalia, his country of birth.
‘Having been identified, the police managed to arrest him about a week later.
‘Despite having managed to identify three of the other attackers the police have been unable to locate them and their whereabouts even to this day remain unknown.
‘Why was he so desperate to leave this country and return to Somalia? He was born in Somalia on 16 September 1992 and is in this country illegally.’