Ipswich/London: Murder accused tells why he came to Ipswich after shooting
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An alleged murderer accused of shooting dead a man and wounding his disabled partner fled to Ipswich because rumours spread that he was the gunman, a court heard.
Daniel Bidace-Anthony was arrested in Klldare Avenue last June as part of a Metropolitan Police inquiry.
Bidace-Anthony denies murdering Dothan Gordon.
He told the Old Bailey he was out walking his dog Zeus at the time of the killing.
Giving evidence, Bidace-Anthony said he had no involvement in the killing which occurred on June 20 last year.
The 30-year-old testified that he first heard about the shooting - which is claimed to have been drug-related - from a friend.
He said after receiving several calls suggesting he was responsible he laid low at a friend’s house for three days, before going to Ipswich.
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He added: “I knew the associates that Dothan hangs around with, gangs and that.
“Basically I wanted to get away from the rumours and wait for the rumours to die down before returning back.’
Bidace-Anthony allegedly shot Mr Gordon after he was said to have visited the 32-year-old home in Ealing, west London, to discuss a £100,000 drug deal.
The court also heard claims he attempted to kill Mr Gordon’s disabled partner Amy Ashitey to stop her identifying him.
Bidace-Anthony admitted visiting the victim earlier in the day, but claimed afterwards he went to his mother’s home before taking his dog for a walk in Ladbroke Grove.
Bidace-Anthony said he saw his aunt nearby and spent 40 minutes chatting to her and her neighbours between around 2.30pm and 3.30pm.
Jurors have heard Mr Gordon and his partner were killed at around 2.40pm.
Ms Ashitey claims that she recognised the gunman as someone she knew with the street name ‘Indian’.
CCTV caught Bidace-Anthony’s distinctive bike travelling to and from the crime scene, the court heard.
But Bidace-Anthony from West Brompton, southwest London, claimed he was driving a black Porsche that day.
In addition to denying murder, Bidace-Anthony has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
His cousin Antoine Joseph, 31, from Hayes, west London, is charged with assisting an offender.
The trial continues.