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Man in court on PC Sharon Beshenivsky murder charge

Published on 2023-06-03 15:24:06 source:NBC News

A 74-year-old man has appeared in court accused of murdering PC Sharon Beshenivsky 18 years ago.

Piran Ditta Khan was charged over the 2005 shooting of the 38-year-old after being extradited from Pakistan.

PC Beshenivsky had been a police officer for only nine months when she was killed in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

Mr Khan appeared in the dock at Westminster Magistrates' Court in central London on Thursday wearing a blue and white tracksuit jacket.

He is also charged with robbery, two counts of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon.

Mr Khan spoke only to confirm his name in court and listened as he was told his case would be sent to the Old Bailey for a hearing on Monday.

PC Beshenivsky, who had three children and two stepchildren, was shot dead as she and a colleague, PC Teresa Milburn, responded to an alarm at a travel agent in Morley Street, Bradford, on 18 November 2005.

PC Milburn was also seriously injured but survived.

Mr Khan is charged with robbery of a quantity of cash from Mohammed Yousaf, the owner of the travel agent.

He is also accused of possessing a Mac 10 machine gun, which it is alleged had been modified to fire in a burst with one pull of the trigger, and a 9mm handgun.

Three men were found guilty of murdering PC Beshenivsky in 2007, along with two convicted of manslaughter and a sixth man found guilty of robbery.

Craig Nicholls, chair of West Yorkshire Police Federation, said the officer's death "sent a shockwave not only through West Yorkshire but throughout the world".

He added: "We still mourn the loss of Sharon. She will never be forgotten.

"The persistence to bring to justice all those involved in the murder of PC Beshenivsky has never wavered. I know my colleagues within West Yorkshire will now be watching closely the wheels of justice turning in this case."

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