Malakai McKenzie murder accused 'fled out of fear'

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Image caption Lo-Andre Palmer is accused of murder and attempted murder

A murder suspect fled after the shooting of a man outside a Nottingham pub because he was scared for his life, a court has heard.

Lo-Andre Palmer, 21, of Nottingham, is accused of killing Malakai McKenzie and attempting to murder three others outside the Hubb Pub, in Sherwood.

Nottingham Crown Court was told Mr McKenzie was shot by Cameron Cashin while he sat in a car.

Cashin was jailed for life at a previous trial, the jury heard.

The prosecution said the shooting, in 2012, was the result of a feud between two Basford gangs.

Mr Palmer accepted he was one of three men who arrived at the murder scene with Cashin, but said he did not know he had a gun and thought they were going to a party.

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Image caption Malakai McKenzie was shot in the head as he sat in a car outside a Nottingham pub

The prosecution alleges Mr Palmer "located" the victim for Cashin.

Mr Palmer accepted he had spoken to one of Mr McKenzie's friends on the way to the pub, but said this was because he was anxious trouble might start if Mr McKenzie and Cashin met.

He told the court he had no issues with Mr McKenzie, and was only with Cashin because they had mutual friends.

He said he was "in shock" after Mr McKenzie was shot and had run away because he feared for his life.

"Were you you expecting it?" his barrister asked. "No, sir", he replied.

Mr Palmer, of Harwill Crescent, Aspley, who denies murder, was extradited from Jamaica to face trial, the jury was told.

Asked why he had fled there, he told the court the morning after the shooting messages started appearing on social media asking if he was responsible.

He said he was worried about going to prison because he did not think he would get a fair trial.

"I though the jury would just see a typical black kid getting into trouble", he said.

The case continues.

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