A mAn accused of murder denied he was recruited as a getaway driver for a street attack.
Nadeem Rashid told a jury at Leeds Crown Court yesterday (Feb 4) he only became aware something had happened when his co-accused Aaron Smith and Joe Church returned to his car with blood on them.
When he asked what had occurred Church said Aaron had been fighting and a guy got slashed on the back.
The prosecution claim Smith and Church attacked Joshua Hirst near his home in Grove Street, Mirfield who later died from knife injuries to his neck.
Rashid said he was “cruising” with the pair when Smith suddenly told him to stop and went off without saying anything.
Church had followed telling him to wait.
“Were you aware of any plan to get Josh Hirst,” asked his counsel Jamie Hill QC. “No,” he replied.
“Were you aware somebody might get seriously hurt or killed,” asked Mr Hill. “No,” said Rashid.
Church, 21, of Redlands Close, Mirfield, Smith, 19, of Saville Street, Emley, and Rashid, 21, of Lapwing View, Horbury, Wakefield, each deny the murder of Mr Hirst, 20, on August 3 last year.
The trial continues later this week.