Teenager denies murder of Stevenage’s Mark Altabas as trio face trial at the Old Bailey

Police investigating at the scene in Long Leaves, Stevenage, where Mark Altabas, inset, died of a st

Police investigating at the scene in Long Leaves, Stevenage, where Mark Altabas, inset, died of a stab wound. - Credit: Archant

An 18-year-old man has denied murdering Mark Altabas from Stevenage who died after suffering stab wounds in April.

Destao Pedro, of Forest Road in Walthamstow, pleaded not guilty to a charge of murdering the 47-year-old at the Old Bailey in London yesterday.

Mr Pedro was arrested and charged with murder on April 26, after the stabbing at Long Leaves in Stevenage on April 21.

In the same case, Mr Pedro, along with Robert Crook, 57, and Katie Holmes, 43, both of Long Leaves in Stevenage, pleaded not guilty to conspiring to supply class A drugs.

Ms Holmes pleaded guilty to permitting a premises to be use for supplying Class A drugs but denied perverting the course of justice, and Mr Crook pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to rob.


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All three will appear at the Old Bailey for trial on November 21.

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