Norwich Rose Lane murder trial: Driver 'did not know plan'

A man who drove four members of a London drugs gang to Norwich for a fatal revenge attack has told a jury he had no idea what they had planned.

Honorato Alberto Christovao, 54, died of head injuries after an assault in Rose Lane car park on 10 February 2011.

Anthony Obariase, 28, of Norwich Road, Newham, east London, said he agreed to drive the men for £200.

He and Anton St Paul, 22, of Keogh Road, also in Newham, both deny murder. A third man has admitted the charge.

Spencer Yiadom, 22, of Saville Road, Newham, east London, altered his plea to guilty on Wednesday and is due to be sentenced at a later date.

The jury has heard that Mr Christovao had been lured to the car park by gang members who wanted revenge for an earlier kidnap and attack.

Scream 'not heard'

Giving evidence on Thursday, Mr Obariase said he was told to go to a house on Borrowdale Drive, Norwich, where one man was dropped off.

He then drove the three others to Rose Lane car park.

He told the court he did not ask what was happening and was not told what the trip was for.

He also maintained he did not hear a scream, said to be made by Mr Christiovao's girlfriend, or see her run out of the car park to call 999.

The jury heard he took the three men back to Borrowdale Drive, collected the fourth man, and drove back to London.

Lucy Browne, 35, of Borrowdale Drive, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a separate prosecution and is awaiting sentence for helping to lure Mr Christovao and his girlfriend to the car park.

The trial continues.

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