A fitness fanatic was battered to death for the sake of his Rolex watch, a court heard.

Drug dealer Paul Tong, 54, known as Yankee, was attacked at his home in Ealing, on April 19 2017, the Old Bailey heard.

His body was found the next day partially covered by bedding at a "contorted and unnatural angle" and his room had been ransacked, jurors were told.

His alleged killers, Aliysa Ellis, a bipolar friend of Mr Tong, and her associate Christopher McDonald from Croydon, set out to rob him of the "fruits of his criminality", the court heard.

Prosecutor Jake Hallam QC said: "He would often leave drugs and money on display. It was rumoured that he had a substantial amount of money.

"The state of the room suggests that Mr Tong was killed by people who were seeking to find and take his money, his drugs and his valuables. He was known to have various expensive-looking watches, for example.

"When the police searched the room after his death neither money, nor valuables, nor drugs were found."

Mr Tong's cousin had described seeing him with a "flash watch" and his former partner told police he kept watches, designer clothes and jewellery at the home he shared with his elderly aunt.

All that remained in the father-of-one's bedroom was an empty Rolex box with Ellis's fingerprint inside it, the court was told.

Jurors were told Mr Tong's last phone call was a pocket dial just before 9pm which lasted for more than four minutes.

It recorded the voices of Mr Tong speaking with a man and a woman and revealed "some sort of confrontation" develop, Mr Hallam said.

McDonald, 34, and Ellis, 30, of Ealing, have pleaded not guilty to Mr Tong's murder and conspiracy to rob.