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Norwich Rose Lane car park murder: woman sentenced

  • 23 May 2012
  • From the section Norfolk
Honorato Alberto Christovao
Honorato Christovao was beaten around the head with a heavy object

A woman who set up a meeting in Norwich that led to the murder of a 54-year-old man has been sentenced.

Lucy Browne, 35, telephoned the girlfriend of Honorato Christovao to get her to go to Rose Lane car park.

Mr Christovao accompanied his partner and was beaten to death by members of a London drugs gang in February 2011.

Browne, of Borrowdale Drive, was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, after she admitted manslaughter at Norwich Crown Court.

She was also given a 12-month supervision order.

In March, Spencer Yiadom, 22, of Saville Road, Newham, east London, was jailed for 24 years, and Anton St Paul, also 22 and of Newham, was jailed for a minimum of 23 years for the murder of Mr Christovao.

Their trial heard the victim was lured to the car park by members of the GBen drugs gang in revenge for an earlier attack by the rival JJ gang.

Browne, who was due to stand trial with the men, changed her plea to guilty to manslaughter and became a key witness in the prosecution of Yiadom and St Paul.

She claimed she was forced to make the phone call and did not realise a man had died until her arrest.

Earlier this month, Ashley Brown Garraway, 22, of Oxford Road, Newham, admitted conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

Neil Whitby, 40, of Borrowdale Drive, Norwich, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to kidnap.

They are due to be sentenced on 28 May.

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