[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Monday, 16 October 2006, 13:53 GMT 14:53 UK
Robbers 'threatened to kill me'
Pc Sharon Beshenivsky
Pc Sharon Beshenivsky was shot while on duty in Bradford last year
A travel agent has told a jury how armed robbers threatened to kill him during a raid that led to the murder of a policewoman in Bradford.

Faris Khokar told Newcastle Crown Court he was struck with a gun minutes before Pc Sharon Beshenivsky was shot dead.

Pc Beshenivsky died outside the Universal Express travel agents in November. Her colleague was also shot.

Yusuf Abdillh Jamma, 20, Raza Ul-Haq Aslam, 25, Faisal Razzaq, 25, and his brother Hassan, 26, all deny murder.

A fifth defendant Muzzaker Imtiaz Shah, 25, earlier admitted murdering Pc Beshenivsky but denies the attempted murder of her colleague Teresa Milburn.

I had a gun struck on my head. I think I was kicked in the side of the body
Witness Faris Khokar

The court heard Mr Khokar was the youngest member of staff at the family-run travel agents at the time.

He told the jury he was tied up, beaten and struck with a gun after robbers inquired about airline tickets to Pakistan before suddenly turning violent and demanding 100,000 in cash.

Throughout his evidence Mr Khokar referred to the men as black male one, black male two and Asian male.

The prosecution alleges those men were Muzzaker Shah, Yusuf Jamma and his brother Mustaf Jamma, who is still on the run from police.

Mr Khokar said he heard his brother scream as a black man leapt behind the counter.

"I was beaten up by black male one and I was kicked in the head. I had a gun struck on my head. I think I was kicked in the side of the body." he said.

Mr Khokar said after one of the men snatched more than 3,000 from a draw he overheard the Asian man and black male two talking about shooting one of the staff members. They suggested it should be the youngest in the shop.

But the men fled when the silent panic alarm was activated, before being confronted outside by Pcs Beshenivsky and Milburn.

Colleague survived

Pc Beshenivsky, 38, was shot in the chest and killed. Pc Milburn was also shot but survived.

Shah, of no fixed address, has previously pleaded guilty to robbery and three firearms charges in relation to the incident.

He alone is accused of the attempted murder of Pc Milburn.

Mr Jamma is from Whitmore Road, Small Heath, Birmingham. Mr Aslam is from St Pancras Way, Kentish Town, north London.

Faisal Razzaq and his brother Hassan are both from Sebert Road, Forest Gate, east London.

The trial continues.

Jury shown images of Pc's death
12 Oct 06 |  Bradford

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific