A BUSINESSMAN has denied being the ringleader in a robbery of a Lutterworth takeaway boss who was found dead in a flat.
Naveed Naveed (28) is one of three men accused of murdering Dogan Dogan in the bedsit above his business Aladdin’s takeaway, in Evington, Leicester, on January 8.
Mr Dogan (50), who was the owner of Pizzaman in Lutterworth as well as Aladdin’s in Leicester, had suffocated after being tied up and gagged with cloth.
Last Thursday, Birmingham Crown Court heard Naveed denied being in the bedsit when the robbery and alleged murder took place.
He said he was waiting in his car outside as one of the defendants, Wali Khan, said he needed to visit Mr Dogan.
Both Khan and the third defendant, Sarwar Gader, have told the jury during their evidence they went into the bedsit with Naveed.
They both also said they were not in the room when the attack which killed Mr Dogan took place. Gader claimed he went in to use the toilet and was in the bathroom or kitchen.
Khan, who admits robbery, said he left with a bag of cash while the other two continued to question Mr Dogan about further money they believed was in the bedsit in Linton Street.
When prosecution barrister Gordon Aspden asked Naveed if he was the ringleader behind the robbery, Naveed said: “No, not at all.”
When asked if he was the only one of the defendants to be telling the truth, Naveed replied: “Yes.”
The court was previously told by Khan that Naveed had suggested robbing Mr Dogan because he needed to raise between £5,000 and £6,000 to set up home with his girlfriend. Khan said they expected to steal takings worth £6,000.
But they only managed to find just over £1,000.
Naveed told the jury he was not short of money, saying he ran a number of businesses.
The jury was told the three men had driven to Luton in the hours after the robbery.
Naveed, who said they had all been drinking and smoking cannabis, said he was going on a drive “to chill”.
He said they planned to go to Luton for breakfast.
He denied a suggestion he wanted to get out of Leicester until the heat died down.
Gader (35), of Gleneagles Avenue, Rushey Mead, and Khan (32) and Naveed, both of St Stephen’s Road, Highfields, deny murder.
Mr Dogan had run Pizzaman in Church Street, Lutterworth, for about a decade before his death.
After news of his murder spread earlier this year customers and former work colleagues left floral tributes outside the takeaway.
Earlier in the trial, a number of Mr Dogan’s former colleagues said Mr Dogan had been a friendly and cheerful boss.
The business is now being run by Mr Dogan’s son Taner Dogan.
The trial continues.