The boss of a warehousing company was “summarily executed” when he was shot at point blank range by a robber armed with a gun fitted with a silencer.
Akhtar Javeed was “defenceless” and had been trying to escape from his premises in Digbeth with his hands bound when he was shot three times, including once in the mouth and in the throat.
The alleged gunman is Tahir Zarif, 30, from Derby.
He has been found unfit to stand his trial for murder and a jury at Birmingham Crown Court must decide whether he carried out the act.
James Curtis QC, prosecuting, said the incident itself happened at Direct Source three in Rea Street, on February 3 2016.
Following a trial later in 2016 Suraj Mistry was acquitted of murder but convicted of manslaughter and conspiracy to rob and jailed for 23 years.
Another man, Lemar Wali, was found guilty of conspiracy to rob while a third defendant Sandar van Aalten admitted conspiracy to rob.
Hower Zarif fled the country a few days after the shooting and fled to Pakistan from where he has been extradited.
Mr Curtis said Van Aalten was the “inside man”, who had previously worked at the business and had drawn a plan of the premises.
Zarif and Mistry ran a car wrapping business in Derby but were short of money.
He said after making a reconnaissance trip they had driven down to Direct Source three from Derby and that Zarif and Mistry, both hooded and wearing masks and each with a gun, had burst in while Wali remained outside as the getaway driver.
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They rounded up six staff into an office tying them together with cable ties.
Mr Curtis said they were going to get 56-year-old Mr Javeed to open the safe but he tried to make a break for it.
“The manager went outside that room and then resisted Zarif’s order. Zarif shot him in cold blood in both legs.
“He was defenceless and he was now wounded and his hands bound with cable ties and he was summarily executed in that state.
“Zarif shot him twice more at point blank range in the mouth and the throat.
“He still willed himself on but collapsed and died moments later just outside the door.”
“A passer-by tried to save the victim. Paramedics arrived. They did everything they possibly could.”
The case continues.