A FATHER died after being stabbed 15 times on Christmas Day just weeks after coming to England to provide for his family, a court heard.
Tasin Sugaip, 54, was found dead on a former plant nursery site, in Almodington, near Chichester, in the early hours of Boxing Day, 2010.
His friend Gheorghe Badea is on trial for his murder at Lewes Crown Court.
The court heard that on the night of his death, Badea, 55, sent a text to his employer saying Mr Sugaip was ‘mort’ – which means ‘dead’ in French.
Badea, also from Romania, admitted stabbing his friend in self-defence.
He said he woke during the night, heard a noise and, after grabbing a knife and a can of CS gas, went to Mr Sugaip’s caravan to check on him.
Seeing he was up, he started to walk back to his own caravan when Mr Sugaip grabbed him from behind, the court was told.
‘He said, as he was being held, he stabbed him over his shoulder with a knife,’ said Dianne Chan, prosecuting.
The trial is expected to last four weeks.