A DETECTIVE investigating the murder of nightclubber Michael Hanley denied pressuring a key witness into giving false evidence, a court heard.
Leeds Crown Court had been told in a statement by Kimberley Henry, 22, that she had seen defendant Jamie Hislop pass a silver 'gun-shaped' object to Hanley's killer, Darren Foley in Sheridan's Bar on December 27 2005. But in court two weeks ago, Miss Henry said this was what the police had told her to say.
Now Det Con Clive Firth, who had interviewed Miss Henry at her Dalton home, has refuted the claim.
Giving evidence during the trial yesterday, he denied putting her under any pressure.
Prosecuting barrister Andrew Campbell asked: "Were words put in her mouth?"
Det Con Firth replied: "No. At no point."
Moments after the alleged exchange of a weapon at the Ravensthorpe nightclub, Mr Hanley, 23, from Harehills, east Leeds, died from a gun shot wound to the abdomen outside the club.
The court has heard how there was a scuffle involving Mr Hanley and a group of men inside the packed club.
He left but was shot outside the club.
Foley, 19, from Dalton, has admitted murder. Hislop, 22, from Sheepridge, and Shane Thomas, 23, of Longroyd Bridge deny murder.
Another man Igor Simic, 20, from Berry Brow, denies perverting the course of justice.
The proceedings yesterday marked the end of the prosecution's case.
The defence barristers were beginning their case today.
The case continues.