A man and a woman battered a keen bodybuilder to death with his own weights in a plot to nick his Rolex.

Christopher McDonald and Aliysa Ellis conspired to rob Paul Tong, also known as Yankee, of a watch, cash, and drugs on April 19 in 2017.

Family members called police and officers attended a house on Willcott Road in Ealing the following day.

The victim’s body was found at a “contorted and unnatural angle” in his ransacked bedroom.

Prosecutor Jake Hallam QC told the Old Bailey: “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.

Christopher McDonald, 34, was convicted of murder and conspiracy to rob Paul Tong

“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.”

Ellis, a Criminology Master's degree student, was a friend of Mr Tong.

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An empty Rolex watch box was found in the room with his fingerprint inside.

A post-mortem examination noted that Mr Tong was of “muscular build.”

He had deep cuts and bruises on his head and body, broken ribs and a ruptured liver from “blunt impacts”.

A dumb-bell found at the scene was of a size and weight consistent with his injuries.

Aliysa Ellis, 30, was convicted of manslaughter and conspiracy to rob Paul Tong

The investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Lee Tullett, said: “Ellis knew that Paul Tong dealt drugs and kept cash and other valuables in his bedroom; and she conspired with McDonald to rob him.

“Paul was subjected to a violent attack and the pair then callously left him fatally injured in his bedroom before his body was found the next day.

“I hope this conviction can now start to bring some closure to Paul’s family so they can move forward."

In the dock, Ellis had admitted visiting Mr Tong to obtain drugs and said McDonald had gone into the house to buy some as well.

McDonald, 34, of Croydon and Ellis, 30, of Ealing, were found guilty of manslaughter and conspiracy to rob at the Old Bailey on Thursday.

McDonald was previously convicted of wounding with intent and conspiracy to steal from a Matalan store in Luton.

Ellis suffers with bipolar disorder and is currently a resident in a psychiatric hospital.

The pair were remanded in custody to be sentenced on April 3.