Former Brookside star Brian Regan was in court yesterday facing charges relating to the alleged murder of nightclub doorman Bahman Faraji, who was shot at close range outside a pub in Liverpool.
Brian – who played the role of Terry Sullivan in the now defunct soap – was in court alongside three other men who are all charged with various offences relating to Mr Faraji’s death.
The Daily Mirror states that the prosecution claim Regan was “the getaway driver”, but it’s claimed that after his arrest, Regan told police, “I wanna help you but I’ll be shot.”
The prosecution allege that Regan drove the man accused of murdering Mr Faraji to the pub where the shooting took place, in the full knowledge of what was going to occur.
The paper adds, “Jurors were told the ex-Brookside actor and alleged gunman Edward Heffey, 40, were jointly responsible for the murder at the Belgrave pub with two other men, Lee Dodson, 42, and Simon Smart, 32.”
Brian Cummings QC, prosecuting, told Liverpool crown court, “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.”
Cummings went on to say that after the shooting, “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.”
Summarising the case against Regan, Mr Cummings told the jury, “He dropped his passenger very near to the scene of the shooting, waited for him, and then drove him to safety after the shooting.
“It is clear that Brian Regan’s passenger was the gunman.
“One of the key questions for you to decide is whether you are sure Regan was aware his passenger was carrying a sawn-off shotgun.
“Regan maintains he simply did not know – we contend that this is simply not credible.”
The trial continues.