A murder suspect told police he tried to stop a man, who he would not name, from dragging beaten victim Barry Smith to where his body was eventually found.
The trial at Leicester Crown Court heard this week that during five police interviews following his arrest, Nathan Doherty continually denied he was responsible for Kilburn dad-of four Mr Smith’s death.
The jury was told that in the first interview, the day after Mr Smith died, Doherty, 27, , answered “no comment” to each question.
During a second interview, he denied dragging Mr Smith’s body to where it was found half-burned outside Kilburn Welfare Social Club off Chapel Street on the morning of October 6 last year.
Then, in two final interviews before he was charged with murder, Doherty, of Portland Street, who denies the charge, said he had tried to stop another man from dragging away Mr Smith’s body.
He said of Mr Smith: “I saw him and he was alive. He was on the floor and I put him in the recovery position.
“I saw someone dragging him and I grabbed his arms but he (the other man) was too strong for me so I just stopped and went back into the club.”
The court has previously been told that Mr Smith, 48, was beaten to death with pool cues and a fence post before being dragged to a pile of rubbish and his body set alight.
Dog walkers discovered his charred remains .
Vincent Aitken, 44, of Chapel Street, Kilburn, his daughter, Emma Aitken, 19, and her partner, Nathan Doherty, 27, both of Portland Street, Derby, all deny the murder of Mr Smith.
Aitken’s wife, Pamela Aitken, 41, also of Chapel Street, denies assisting an offender in relation to Mr Smith’s death. The trial continues..