Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Agim Hoxha murder trial: Man admits perverting justice

Agim Hoxha
Agim Hoxha was originally from Albania and had lived in the UK for 12 years

One of two men accused of the murder of a drug dealer has pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.

The body of Agim Hoxha, 29, was found in his burnt-out Mercedes in Chilworth Drove on 10 April last year.

Winchester Crown Court heard Afrim Lleshi, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice shortly before the trial began on Tuesday.

Mr Lleshi, 37, of Shirley Road, and Arben Lleshi, 25, of Onslow Road, both Southampton, deny murder.

Arben Lleshi denies perverting the course of justice.

The jury was told Afrim Lleshi had denied all knowledge of the murder during several hours of interviews with police.

The prosecution also presented CCTV which they said showed Arben Lleshi driving away from his rented flat in Shirley Road in Mr Hoxha's car, with, it alleges, Mr Hoxha's body in the rear.

The jury was told traces of Mr Hoxha's blood were found in Arben Lleshi's flat and the stains suggest at least two blows had been struck.

CCTV footage of Mercedes car on Shirley High Street
The jury was shown CCTV footage of Agim Hoxha's Mercedes car

It was also told Mr Hoxha's blood was on a crowbar found in Afrim Lleshi's flat next door.

CCTV of Arben Lleshi buying the crowbar on the day of Mr Hoxha's death was shown to court, as was a recording of him in a taxi ride to London talking on the phone about moving quantities of money.

The court previously heard Mr Hoxha, who lived in Cranbury Place but was originally from Albania, made a lot of money from selling drugs.

The trial is expected to last six weeks.

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