‘A man hiding from intruders who broke into his flat in north-west London and killed his friend was put on hold when he called police, a court has heard.
Ahmad Gharbi, 49, hid in a cupboard in the flat in Kilburn when the gang attacked his friend Timothy Stilwell in June last year, the Old Bailey heard.
Mr Stilwell was stabbed more than 20 times and beaten over the head. [..]
He went to the living room where he saw four men trying to push through the patio doors with a paving slab, before running to another room and hiding in a cupboard, said David Howker QC, prosecuting.
“He got his mobile out and called the police but was put on hold for some reason so had to try again,” said Mr Howker.’