Sydney, Dec.1 : A man who bashed and stabbed a chef to death while robbing an Indian restaurant of just 600 dollars, has pleaded guilty to murder.
Peter Ruben Webb, 38, pleaded guilty to murdering Mohammed Kader, 67, at Petersham on January 28 last year, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
He admitted his guilt before the NSW Supreme Court on Monday.
His accomplice, Michael John Jackson, 31, pleaded guilty to Kader's manslaughter.
Justice Roderick Howie was told Webb stabbed Kader, a Bangladeshi national who had been living in Australia since 1992, at the All Indian Flavour Restaurant.
He and Jackson then escaped in a stolen car with the restaurant's cash register containing 649.10 dollars.
According to a crown statement handed to the judge, Kader worked intermittently as a chef in various Sydney restaurants to support himself and his extended family who still lived in Bangladesh.
The statement said Webb and Jackson agreed to commit the robbery together and used a stolen car, from which was taken the vehicle steering wheel club lock. Kader was at the sink washing dishes at the rear of the restaurant when Webb entered the premises with the lock.
They became involved in a struggle, during which Webb struck Kader with the lock before picking up a knife from a kitchen bench and stabbing him twice to the abdomen.
Jackson then entered the restaurant and grabbed the cash register before the robbers fled.
Justice Howie will hear sentencing submissions for Webb on December 11, while Jackson's case will be mentioned on February 6.