Jury Shown CCTV Of Birmingham Businessman's Killing
11 August 2016, 19:01
The family of a Birmingham businessman man shot dead at his warehouse in Digbeth have left the court as a jury were shown CCTV.
The jury watched the moment Akhtar Javeed was killed in February.
26 year-old Suraj Mistry from Leicester and 19-year-old Lemar Wali from Derby deny murder.
The "deeply distressing'' images recorded by four security cameras captured Akhtar Javeed being shot in the legs and then attempting to fight off his killer despite having his wrists bound together.
Members of the victim's family opted to leave the public gallery at Birmingham Crown Court as the film was played to the trial of two men accused of his murder.
Mr Javeed, 56, died after being shot four times at his fast food supply firm in the Digbeth area of the city on February 3 this year.
CCTV footage played to a jury of six men and six woman on the third day of the trial showed two men getting out of a Renault Megane outside the Direct Source 3 warehouse shortly after 6.30pm.
Talking the jury through the footage, prosecutor James Curtis QC alleged that two men seen entering the premises armed with handguns were Tahir Zarif and Suraj Mistry.
Alleging that both gunmen put on masks before the Megane arrived on the firm's car park, Mr Curtis said footage captured in a reception area confirmed the weapon used to shoot Mr Javeed was fitted with a silencer.
Describing images recorded in an adjoining meeting room, Mr Curtis told the court it showed three men being gestured at and taken into an office at gunpoint before Mr Javeed was ordered out of the room.
"You will notice that his hands appear out in front of him, already bound with a cable tie,'' Mr Curtis told the jury.
"Both gunmen are pointing guns directly at him.''
Footage filmed in the nearby hallway showed Mr Javeed "defenceless'' as a gun was fired at him, the court heard
"He has been wounded and yet he fights back,'' the prosecutor said of Mr Javeed, adding that footage showed the victim could not walk properly after being shot in the throat, leaving blood on the floor.
Before the film was shown to the jury, the trial judge ordered that the public gallery should be cleared out of respect for Mr Javeed.
Mistry and Lemar Wali, who is accused of driving the Megane to and from the robbery in Rea Street South, are on trial accused of murder.
Prosecutors have alleged Mistry, 26, was one of two gunmen armed with pistols, while 19-year-old Wali, of Osmaston Park Road, Derby, was a willing participant and ``knew perfectly well'' that guns would be used in the raid.
Both Mistry and Wali deny murder, conspiracy to rob the warehouse and two counts each of possession of a pistol with intent to cause fear or violence.
Mr Curtis told the jury earlier this week that Zarif, 25, also of Osmaston Park Road, is believed to be in Pakistan after leaving Britain following the robbery.
Mistry, of Laundon Way in Leicester, and Zarif owned and ran a bodyshop in Derby called ATS Detailing and Wrap, while Wali is said to know both men.
The trial continues.