THE man accused of being behind a failed honour attack, which killed an innocent couple, promised to take responsibility for their deaths, a court heard.

Sadek Miah, 23, from Byng Road, Isle of Dogs, told the jury he spoke to Hisamuddin Ibrahim for the first time to agree on a cover story on October 27 – three days after Abdullah and Ayesha Mohammed were killed in an arson attack on their home in London Road, Blackburn.

Miah claimed that Ibrahim, 21, of Shelly Avenue, London, rang mutual friend Habib Iqbal, 25, of Strone Road, London, at 8pm.

Iqbal put him on speaker phone as they discussed a ‘cover story’ involving Miah driving Iqbal to Blackburn, to give Ibrahim some money.

Miah told the court at Preston Sessions House that Ibrahim promised to admit being behind the fire.

He said: “When Hisamuddin told me he was going to take responsibility, I genuinely believed when I spoke to him this was the man behind everything.”

The prosecution alleges that Ibrahim wanted to kill his married sister’s lover to avenge his family's honour, but got the wrong house.

All four defendants, Hisa-muddin Ibrahim, 21, Sadek Miah, 23, Mohammed Miah, 19, and Habib Iqbal, 25, all from the East London area, deny the murder of Mr and Mrs Mohammed.

Sadek Miah has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of both.