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Man denies burying Michael Jackson street dancer's body

Mujib Rahman Hakim
Image caption Mujib Rahman Hakim's body was found in Josh Lewis's garden, the court heard

A man accused of burying the body of a street entertainer from Hertfordshire has denied knowing of his murder.

Mujib Hakim, 40, who was known for dancing to Michael Jackson tracks in Watford town centre, disappeared on 27 May and his body was found in August.

Kevin Keegan, 22, of Stroudgate, Harrow, pleaded not guilty at St Albans Crown Court to perverting the cause of justice by preventing a lawful burial.

Josh Lewis, 21, of Merton Road, Watford, denies murdering Mr Hakim.

The body of Mr Hakim, a university graduate who suffered with mental health problems, was found in the back garden of Mr Lewis's home in Merton Road on 19 August last year, the jury was told.

Mr Lewis has also pleaded not guilty to possessing a stun gun but has admitted perverting the cause of justice by preventing a lawful burial.

Growing cannabis

Mr Keegan told the court earlier he knew nothing of Mr Hakim's murder.

Giving evidence, Mr Keegan said his friend Mr Lewis called him on 29 May last year saying: "I have got something to show you. I can't speak over the phone. Come round and I will show you."

He said Mr Lewis had told him he had discovered a cellar at his house, which he intended to use to grow cannabis.

Mr Lewis then suggested the pair dug a hole in the garden where he could "stash" his stuff and grow a flower bed, Mr Keegan said.

When asked if he had mentioned a dead body being kept at the back of the house, Mr Keegan replied: "No, not at all."

He denied seeing a dead body and said he was not one of two men neighbours saw digging a hole in the back garden in the early hours of one morning.

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