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Lookout denies knowledge of gun

PUBLISHED: 02:23 17 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:40 03 March 2010

A WOMAN asked to act as a lookout during a raid on an Ipswich pub which resulted in the death of barmaid Janet Fleming told a jury she did not know one of the raiders was carrying a gun.

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A WOMAN asked to act as a lookout during a raid on an Ipswich pub which resulted in the death of barmaid Janet Fleming told a jury she did not know one of the raiders was carrying a gun.

Giving evidence on day three of the murder trial at Norwich Crown Court, Lavita Smith, then girlfriend of Leon Sobers, said that she did not enter Harleys and did not know that Sobers or Damien Duberry had a weapon.

Sobers, 23, of Birkfield Drive, and Duberry, 21, of Morland Road, are accused of murdering barmaid Ms Fleming, 38, who died two days after the alleged pub raid on December 10 last year.

Both are also accused of robbing temporary pub landlord Andrew Hull of a gold bracelet and £2,845.74.

Nigel Lithman, QC, defending Sobers, asked Miss Smith to clarify her knowledge of the incident.

"Did you go inside the public house?"

"No," came the response.

"Did you know one of the robbers had a gun on him?".

"No," she replied.

"Did you hand a gun to one of the robbers?"

"No," she said again.

"Did you go inside the pub and hand the gun to one of the robbers?"

"No," was the reply.

Mr Lithman read from Miss Smith's police statement in which she agreed that Sobers was not a violent man although she had cut her forehead in a previous incident when he threw a bag at her.

David Cocks, QC, representing Duberry, asked Miss Smith if she knew what her payment for being a lookout would be.

"You were skint at the time. What were you going to get out of it?" he asked.

"I don't know, I wasn't sat down and told what I would get out of the robbery," she replied.

"You knew that the takings of the weekend would be taken from the safe."

"Yes," she said.

Mr Cocks asked Miss Smith, who was 17 at the time, to confirm her actions on the evening in question.

She said that she had arrived at Harleys 15 minutes after she had bought a phone card. Mr Cocks provided a shop receipt which put the time of that transaction at 10.31pm.

Miss Smith said that she had spent 30 minutes walking around outside the pub waiting.

She said she had followed Sobers and Duberry to the pub on the night as she did not know the way.

Mr Cocks, for Duberry, put it to Miss Smith that she had carried the gun used in the alleged robbery in a rucksack.

Miss Smith denied the claim.

The trial continues today.

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