A MURDER accused was the front seat passenger in a vehicle that struck and killed a man and injured his friend, Bradford Crown Court heard today.

Tony Grant’s barrister, Tim Raggatt QC, told the jury there was “no issue” that his client was in the front seat of the silver Kia Sedona when it collided with Amriz Iqbal and Adnan Ahmed in Sandford Road, Bradford Moor, shortly after 1pm on October 3.

The men were thrown into the air by the impact and Mr Iqbal, 40, a father of three, of Curzon Road, Bradford Moor, sustained a fatal head injury. He died soon afterwards in Leeds General Infirmary.

Grant, 39, of Queens Road, Bradford, and Mohammed Nisar Khan, known as Meggy, 41, of Holme Lane, Tong, Bradford deny murdering Mr Iqbal and attempting to murder Mr Ahmed.

They also deny conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, along with Salman Ismail, 31, of Hollin Road, Shipley, Bradford, and Nadeem Khan, 35, of Gledhow Wood Road, Roundhay, Leeds.

It is alleged by prosecutor Peter Moulson QC that the vehicle deliberately accelerated towards the two pedestrians when they were in clear view of the driver.

Today, the court heard that Mr Ahmed lost consciousness at the scene of the collision and suffered a dislocated right shoulder.

In a statement read to the trial, Mohammed Imran Rashid, a consultant in the accident and emergency department at Bradford Royal Infirmary, said Mr Ahmed attended there at 2.34pm.

He said he had been involved in a road traffic accident and that the car had hit him “intentionally.”

Mr Ahmed complained of lower back pain and a tender right shoulder, among other injuries. The shoulder was found to be dislocated and his arm was put in a sling.

A CT scan revealed no further series injury and Mr Ahmed was referred to the trauma clinic for follow-up treatment.

Alistair Irwin, a security manager with Emirates Airline, said that Mr Iqbal flew to Manchester Airport from Dubai on October 1 on a one-way ticket issued by a London travel firm.

The next witness, David Barker, said he saw two masked youths running from the Whitehall Service Station in Birkenshaw, Bradford, on an evening in early October.

Mr Barker told the jury he had been at Birkenshaw Liberal Club watching a football match and was walking home at 10pm when he saw a Skoda Octavia with its lights on and its engine running.

He knew it was a Skoda Octavia because he used to own one, he told the jury.

He was approaching The Golden Fleece, in Whitehall Road, when he heard a bang and saw two people running towards him down the middle of the road from the petrol station.

Mr Barker said they were dressed in black and wearing balaclavas and gloves. One was carrying a bottle.

The youths rounded the corner and he heard a car door slamming before the Skoda sped off.

Mr Barker said he later looked up the vehicle’s colour on the internet and found it was a Zalina Arctic Green metallic Skoda.

The Crown alleges that Ismail was involved in a plot to first burn the petrol station kiosk and then to rob it to destroy CCTV footage of Grant and Mohammed Nisar Khan refuelling the Kia Sedona an hour before the fatal collision.

The trial continues.