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Court hears kebab shop fire not meant to kill

The explosion happened on 29 August 2011 at the Kam's King of the Grill kebab shop Photo: ITV Central

A man who has been charged with Manslaughter and arson after his friend died in an explosion at a takeaway in Leicester said he felt numb, dazed and in shock just moments after the blast.

A jury at Leicester Crown Court has heard that 41 year old Fiaz Ahmed Ansari set fire to the business as part of a £250,000 insurance scam.

It is alleged he recruited help from Shahbaz Khan, 25, from Harrow, and Mehwish Yasin, 25, from Birmingham.

Mr Khan have evidence at Leicester Crown Court today.

He said he tried to to talk Mr Ansari out of setting fire to the business.Mr Khan told a jury that Mr Ansari asked him to be 'a lookout' while a 'small, controlled' fire to damage the kitchen equipment was carried out.

Mr Khan and Ms Yasin deny Manslaughter and Arson.

The trial continues.

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