Crystal meth dealer killed Harlesden man who owed him �1,600
Drug addict died four days after he was found lying in the street
A crystal meth dealer killed a ‘runner’ who owed him �1,600 and then dumped his comatose body in the street, the Old Bailey heard today (Wednesday)
David Van Der Riet, 34, left 29 year-old Jaypee Maderazo, of Connaught Road, Willesden, to die after knocking him unconscious with a single blow in Cecil Road, Harlesden.
Mr Maderazo, a Filipino drug addict, was not identified until after he died four days later in hospital on August 17 last year.
It is claimed Rochelle Zapanta, 25, got rid of Mr Maderazo’s rucksack and mobile phone in a bid to help Van Der Riet avoid arrest.
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Van Der Riet, a South African, admitted the manslaughter of Mr Maderazo but Zapanta is on trial for perverting the course of justice.
The Old Bailey heard Van Der Riet preyed on a small community of Filipino drug addicts by selling them crystal meth.
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Mr Maderazo sold the highly addictive drug for Van Der Riet but by August 2010 owed him �1,600, jurors were told.
Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC said: “Whether Mr Maderazo had simply taken all the drugs himself or sold the drugs and gambled away the proceeds is not clear.
“There was a hefty debt owed by Jaypee Maderazo.”
At the time of his death Mr Maderazo was living with Zapanta.
He was found in the early hours of, August 13, with a head injury in Cecil Road.
It is claimed that Van Der Riet handed the victim’s phone and rucksack to Zapanta.
Within a few hours of the attack she was using the mobile to call her boyfriend, it is claimed.
Van Der Riet from Brentford, west London, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and is not before the court.
Zapanta, of Connaught Road, Willesden, denies perverting the course of justice.
The trial continues.