A BIRMINGHAM man on trial for the murder of PC Sharon Beshenivsky has admitted he fired the shot that killed her.
Yusuf Abdilh Jamma, 20, of Whitmore Road, Small Heath is accused of killing the PC as she answered a call to an armed robbery at Universal Express travel agents in Bradford last November.
He admitted firing the gun at Newcastle Crown Court but denied murder saying he did not fire the gun intentionally.
Earlier, another man, Muzzaker Imtiaz Shah, 25, was cleared of attempting to murder Pc Teresa Milburn, Mrs Beshenivsky’s colleague, who was also shot in the incident.
He had already pleaded guilty to PC Beshenivksy murder at an earlier hearing but had denied firing the gun that killed her. The judge, Mr Justice Andrew Smith, told the jury to return a not guilty verdict saying he had no case to answer to over the attempted murder of PC Milburn.
Sitting in the witness box, Jamma admitted he was holding the gun that fired the fatal shot that killed PC Beshenivksy.
He said the two other robbers in the travel agents were his brother Mustaf, who is on the run from police, and Shah.
He told the court they all “started to panic” when the two women approached the front door of the travel agents.
“I just remember hearing me pulling the trigger, sort of thing,” he said.
“It wasn’t a loud bang. It wasn’t as loud as the bang we heard inside. It was sort of muzzled.”
He denied firing the gun intentionally, and denied knowing the gun was loaded.
The three other accused, Raza Ul-Haq Aslam, 25, of St Pancras Way, Kentish Town, north London; Faisal Razzaq, 25, and his 26-year-old brother Hassan, both of Sebert Road, Forest Gate, east London, all deny murder.
The trial continues.