Two men have appeared in court accused of murdering a businessman and a father-of-four as they attempted to rob his warehouse earlier this year on February 3.
Akhtar Javeed was shot in the neck after trying to fight of the armed robbers and died shortly after outside the warehouse.
The two men accused of murder, Suraj Mistry, 26, of Laundon Way in Leicester and Lemar Wali, 18, of Osmaston Park Road in Derby, have also been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of a handgun.
A third man, Asif Aurangzaib, 25, has also been charged with conspiracy to rob, while another man, Tahir Zarif, 25, who is believed to be the shooter may have fled to Pakistan.
All three men have denied the charges against them.
Another man who was an employee of the business, Sander van Aalten, a Dutch national, has pleaded to conspiracy to rob.
The court heard how the robbers struck around 6:30pm, armed with loaded guns and silencers, when there were only six men at the warehouse including Mr Javeed, all were tied up and held at gunpoint in the office of the warehouse and told to get on their knees and surrender their mobile phones.
Prosecuting, James Curtis QC, said that Mr Javeed was then ordered by Zarif to get up and lead him to the safe and that was the last time his staff saw him alive.
Gunshots were then heard by the staff members as Javeed was shot three times, once in the foot and once in the mouth and then point blank in the throat.
Police later said Mr Javeed tried to bravely flee from the attackers and managed to get outside of the premises but died instantly on the pavement once he was outside.
The alleged robbers never made it to the safe and escaped to a waiting getaway car.
The prosecution alleged that the armed robbery was an inside job involving Van Aalten who was a previous employee at the warehouse and has already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob.
Days after the murder police raided a business premises in Derby owned by Mistry and Aurangzaib and found a detailed maps and plans that Van Aalten had drawn up on the back of a water bill, the prosecution alleges.
Mr Javeed has been described by his staff as a ‘big brother’ because of his kindness.
His daughter, Lilas Javeed, also paid tribute to her father shortly after his murder, saying: “He was our world – a humble, simple family man who worked tirelessly every day to make sure that everyone was looked after…. someone with great character and always had a smile on his face. He never stopped until everyone else smiled along with him.”
The trial continue and is expected to last five weeks.