Co-defendant of Harlesden man charged in connection with double murder admits driving gunman to hospital

Nana Oppong and Kevin Powell are in the dock following fatal shooting in Forest Gate, east London

A salesman accused of organising a double murder admitted to police that he drove the gunman to hospital, a court heard.

Patrick Ford, 36, and Eugene Brown, 27, died after they were gunned down at the Sugar Lounge in Forest Gate, east London, on May 29 last year.

Jurors have heard that both men were shot by Michael Smith, 28, who was then chased and shot by Kevin Powell, 36, of Harlesden Road, Harlesden.

Nana Oppong, 32, who was celebrating his 30th birthday at the club, was at first interviewed as a witness to the shooting.

However, the prosecution claim CCTV shows him handing a weapon to Smith before both men head outside to confront Brown.

Oppong claimed he had been celebrating on the dancefloor when he heard two shots.

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He told officers that as he was leaving the scene in a friend’s BMW X6 car he saw a man (Smith) running to his left.

He said: “I looked and he’s bleeding, he’s just running to get away. I open my back door, he just jumped into the car.

“He didn’t even come through the door, and I realised when he jumped in, I see so much blood, I realise he’s getting shot.”

The court heard he helped the man stagger to the front of the hospital before getting back into the car and going home.

Oppong told police: “I’m not the devil, I saved someone’s life, innit.”

When asked if he knew the man, Oppong replied: “I knew who he is from... I just knew him from around.”

Oppong, from Stratford, east London, denies two counts of murder and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Powell denies attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

The trial continues.