Man cleared over robbery in which East Ham grandfather died

PUBLISHED: 09:52 31 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:53 31 August 2016

Akhtar Javeed       Picture: West Midlands Police

Akhtar Javeed Picture: West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police

A businessman has been cleared of conspiracy to rob a warehouse in which a company director was shot dead.

Asif Aurangzaib was found not guilty yesterday part-way through what was initially a trial of three men over the robbery of a drinks supply firm in Birmingham on February 3, during which East Ham grandfather Akhtar Javeed, 56, was killed.

A judge directed the jury to clear Aurangzaib, of Leacroft Road in Derby, of any part in the armed raid by masked gunmen on Direct Source 3 premises.

Judge Philip Parker told jurors he had decided there was “insufficient evidence” against the 25-year-old, and he was duly found not guilty of conspiring to rob the warehouse.

Two other men, however, remain on trial accused of murdering Mr Javeed, who lived in Central Park Road.

Suraj Mistry, 26, of Laundon Way in Leicester, is accused of being one of gunmen who raided the warehouse, while Lema Wali, 19, of Osmaston Park Road in Derby, is alleged to have been the getaway driver.

Both men deny murder, conspiracy to rob the warehouse and two counts each of possession of a pistol with intent to cause fear or violence.

A third man, Tahir Zarif of Osmaston Road in Derby, is said to have “played a central role” by the prosecution, with the Crown’s barrister alleging it was he who shot Mr Javeed as he tried to flee the scene.

At the start of the Birmingham Crown Court trial earlier this month, the jury were told Zarif was thought to have fled to Pakistan.

Mistry and Zarif owned and ran a bodyshop in Derby called ATS Detailing and Wrap, while Wali knew both men.

Meanwhile, jurors have been told by the prosecution that “inside man” Sander van Aalten, of Kyrwicks Lane, Birmingham, has already admitted conspiracy to rob the warehouse.

The trial continues.

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