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MoStack gig murder: Channing Hart denies assisting Vasilios Ofogeli flee Gallery nightclub, Maidstone

A man is to go on trial next year accused of driving a murderer away from the scene of university student Andre Bent's murder.

Mr Bent, 21, died on August 25, 2019, after an incident outside a gig by rapper MoStack at Gallery nightclub in Maidstone.

Murder victim Andre Bent
Murder victim Andre Bent

His killer, Vasilios Ofogeli, had come to the town to see the performance.

But violence followed the show and Ofogeli was later convicted of killing Mr Bent, 21, and ordered to serve a minimum of 20 years before he is eligible for parole.

Now Channing Hart, 29, of Ashford Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, has denied assisting Ofogeli while "believing or suspecting" him of murder by driving him to London following the attack.

But Hart did plead guilty at Maidstone Crown Court to a charge of violent disorder.

He was remanded into custody and his trial set for January 31, 2022.

Vasilios Ofogeli
Vasilios Ofogeli

Mr Bent suffered a 21cm-deep chest wound and died at the scene - the day his girlfriend had been due to tell him that she was expecting his child.

Ofogeli knifed four of his victims in the space of 73 seconds during what was described as "a spontaneous outbreak of violence."

Last month, Kayode Badejo was jailed for 11 years for a range of offences including a stabbing carried out during the same brawl.

Nine other men have also been jailed for their involvement in the brawl.

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