The latest witness in the trial of a man accused of murdering a Bradford taxi driver told the court he saw two colleagues running out of the minicab office saying Mohammed Basharat had been shot.

Shaukat Ali was working for Little Horton Taxis in Park Lane, Bradford, when Mr Basharat was killed almost 20 years ago.

Ricardo Linton, 45, of no fixed address, pleads not guilty to his murder and to attempting to murder Jamshad Khan, another of the firm’s drivers, on October 20, 2001.

Mr Ali told the jury this afternoon that he received a radio message the day before the shooting saying a colleague needed assistance.

“The nearest driver goes to the aid of the driver that needs help,” he said.

He was close to Park Lane and went straight there.

Mr Basharat, known as Bash, was scuffling with a Jamaican man, he said. It was more like a wrestling match than punches being thrown.

Bash had the other driver in a headlock but then he fell and the man ran away.

There was a small white car parked in the road, Mr Ali said.

Mr Basharat had a bit of a graze on one of his eyes.

The following evening, Mr Ali said he was on his way to the taxi office when he saw two colleagues running out. One was Jamshed “Jimmy” Khan.

They told him Bash had been shot and he saw him lying injured on the floor.

Mr Ali said the man Bash had been fighting with in the road was in his early 20s and wearing dark clothing.

The trial continues.