Ex-soap star 'was in murder gang'
A former soap star was part of a gang which lured a father of one to his death, a court has heard.
Brian Regan, 53, who played Terry Sullivan in Channel 4's Brookside for 14 years, drove alleged gunman Edward Heffey to and from the scene of the fatal shooting of Bahman Faraji a 44-year-old nightclub doorman, in Liverpool, the city's Crown Court was told.
Mr Faraji was gunned down at close range as he stood outside the Belgrave public house in the Aigburth suburb of the city on the evening of February 24 this year.
Regan, of St Mary's Road, Liverpool, denies murder alongside Heffey, 40, of Beloe Street; Lee Dodson, 42, of Logfield Drive, and Simon Smart, 32, of Kylemore Way, also Liverpool.
Opening the case for the prosecution, Brian Cummings QC said Mr Faraji was killed by Heffey after Dodson enlisted Regan's help. The shooting was orchestrated "at a distance" by Smart acting on the orders of another man, Mr Cummings said.
"Edward Heffey was the gunman who actually shot the victim, and Brian Regan, by arrangement with Lee Dodson, drove Heffey to and from the scene of the shooting, fully aware of the purpose of Heffey's trip," Mr Cummings told the jury.
He said Mr Faraji, known as Ben, was lured to the Belgrave pub that night following a series of phone calls he received from a pay-as-you-go mobile phone the prosecution claims was used by Smart. "All the indications were that this was a dirty phone obtained for the purpose of luring Mr Faraji to his death and used in a disciplined way that was designed to leave no clue as to the identity of its user," the barrister said.
Mr Faraji went to the Belgrave in the company of two other men. They spent about ten minutes or so inside the public house before the three of them went outside and stood on the pavement. A short while later a man approached and said to Mr Faraji, 'Are you Ben?', Mr Cummings said.
He added: "Mr Faraji nodded and the man raised what appeared to be a shortened double barrelled shotgun and fired it directly into Mr Faraji's face. There was a cloud of smoke and Mr Faraji fell to the ground.
"The gunman fled the scene on foot and witnesses saw him carrying a gun under his arm. He then got into a waiting vehicle driven by Brian Regan."