Ex-soap star jailed over gang hit
A former soap star who admitted driving the getaway car in a gangland shooting has been cleared of murder, it has been reported.
Brian Regan, 53, who played Terry Sullivan in Channel 4's Brookside, was found not guilty at Liverpool Crown Court over his role in the killing of nightclub doorman Bahman Faraji, 44.
He was convicted of two counts of perverting the course of justice by lying to police in the early stages of the murder investigation and disposing of a pair of gloves he wore on the night. Regan, who was on bail for supplying cocaine when the murder took place, was jailed on January 25 for a total of four years and 10 months.
The facts can now be revealed after Mrs Justice Nicola Davies lifted reporting restrictions put in place to avoid prejudicing the trial of another defendant, Jason Gabbana, who was convicted of murder.
Gabbana, 29, was found guilty of murder by an 11 to one majority at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday after standing trial accused of ordering the execution of father-of-one Mr Faraji.
The victim, accused by Gabbana's defence of drug dealing and running an illegal protection racket, was gunned down at close range after he was lured to the Belgrave pub in Aigburth, Liverpool, on the evening of February 24 last year.
Ex-actor Regan admitted driving gunman Edward Heffey to and from the scene of the hit but told the jury he did not know his passenger was carrying a sawn off shotgun and planning to kill Mr Faraji.
Regan, of St Mary's Road, Liverpool, was hooked on cocaine and began dealing the drug to fund his habit following the demise of his showbiz career, his trial heard. He had denied murder along with Heffey, 40, Lee Dodson, 42, and Simon Smart, 32. Following a three-month trial, verdicts were returned on January 24.
Smart, of Kylemore Way, Liverpool, who lured Mr Faraji to the pub, and gunman Heffey, of Beloe Street, both Liverpool, were convicted of murder by 11 to one majorities. Dodson, of Logfield Drive, Liverpool, who was Regan's best friend and cocaine supplier, was found not guilty of arranging for Regan to drive the getaway car.
Gabbana, Smart and Heffey will be sentenced on Monday, a court spokesman said.