A court has heard how staff frantically searched for their boss after they were tied up in a failed armed robbery in February.

Two men are on trial for the murder of 56-year-old Akhtar Javeed, who was shot four times during a raid on his fast food wholesale business in Birmingham in February.

Two gunmen armed with pistols stormed into Direct Source 3 on Rea Street South in Digbeth on February 4th. They tied up members of staff with cable ties before trying to force the company director to open a safe.

But father of four Akhtar Javeed fought back and was shot four times, dying from a gunshot wound to the neck.

In court the jury heard how one worker was able to free himself from the cable tie and called 999.

He then released the other staff who'd been held captive, who then frantically searched for their boss, but found him collapsed in a pool of blood in the cash and carry's car park.

Suraj Mistry, 26, from Leicester and 19-year-old student Lemar Wali from Derby are on trial at Birmingham Crown court charged with murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of a firearm.

Another man Tahir Zarif from Derby, who prosecutors say fired the gun, is thought to have fled to Pakistan in the days after the shooting and is on the run from the authorities.

Asif Aurangzaib, 25 and also from Derby, is also on trial and is accused of conspiracy to rob.

The three men on trial deny all the charges against them, and the trial at Birmingham Crown Court continues.