Police dressed up a mannequin in different latex masks as they investigated the shooting of a reality star’s brother in front of his family, a court heard.
Alleged gunman Anis Fouad Hemissi, 24, with Swedish compatriots, Bawer Karaer, 23, Estevan Munizaga, 35, Tobias Andersson, 32, are charged with murdering the father-of-two.
Claude Isaac-Castor, 22 and Clifford Rollox, 31, are accused of perverting the course of justice between 24 and 28 December 2019.
Met Police dressed up a mannequin in different latex masks as they tried to find the disguised hitman behind the Christmas Eve shooting on a reality star’s brother in 2019, a court has heard. Pictured: CCTV allegedly showing the gunman days before the killing
Flamur ‘Alex’ Beqiri, 36, a Swedish national of Albanian heritage and whose sister Misse Beqiri appeared in Real Housewives Of Cheshire, was murdered outside his £1.5m home in Battersea, southwest London, on Christmas Eve 2019 (both pictured)
Jurors have heard the killer, said to be Hemissi, was wearing a latex mask and pretending to collect litter to carry out reconnaissance when he was challenged by a dog-walker two days before the hit.
He was shown with his hands covered, his neck wrapped with a scarf and his eyes obscured by sunglasses.
DC Jonathan Moore told jurors: ‘We purchased the masks ourselves and put them on a mannequin, and took some pictures.’
Police then compared the pictures to CCTV of the gunman to identify which mask was used, but the assassin had covered the mask up to improve his disguise.
DC Moore then said: ‘The eyes, they were covered with sunglasses.
The doorstep of Mr Beqiri’s home in Battersea, southwest London, where the shooting took place on Christmas Eve 2019
‘There was a tightly bound scarf on the neck, so you can’t see the chinline or the neck.
‘The lips always remained slightly open, there is no movement or expression…’
Police made a breakthrough when they found a section of CCTV which revealed more of the gunman’s mask.
DC Moore continued: ‘As he looks down to his phone, the mask appears to roll up to create a triple chin.
‘We took the pictures at the same angle just so we can make the comparison, that this is the same mask or a different mask.’
The court has heard Mr Beqiri was targeted in an attack designed to cause ‘maximum terror and shock’ because of his links to organised crime and drug dealing in Sweden.
Flamur ‘Alex’ Beqiri, 36, was killed in front of his wife Debora Krasniqi (they are pictured together)
But in evidence his widow Mrs Krasniqi has insisted her husband was a law-abiding businessman and they purchased their home mostly through borrowing.
The five Swedes, allegedly assisted by a Swedish interpreter, are in the dock alongside UK national Rollox.
Hemissi, Pino-Munizaga, both of Malmo, Sweden, Karaer, of Stockholm, Sweden, and Andersson, of Trangsund, Sweden, all deny murder.
Hemissi also denies possession of a prohibited firearm in relation to a self-loading pistol.
Isaac-Castor, of no fixed address, and Rollox, of Percival Street, Islington, both deny perverting the course of justice.
The trial continues.
Source: Daily Mail UK