Takeaway boss Tipu Sultan shooting: Accused claims it was 'robbery gone wrong'
The murder of a man who was shot in the neck outside his takeaway was a "botched robbery", a court has heard.
Tipu Sultan, 32, was killed behind the Herbs & Spice Kitchen in Lake Avenue, South Shields, in April, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
Michael McDougall, 47, of Hylton Avenue, and Michael Mullen, 24, of Hawthorne Avenue, both South Shields, deny murder.
Mr Mullen said his co-accused told him the death was a "robbery gone wrong".
He told the court Mr McDougall asked for a lift on his motorbike to the shop to buy cigarettes.
He said he parked near the takeaway and Mr McDougall got off the bike.
Later he heard a bang and Mr McDougall then returned.
Mr Mullen said he only realised his friend of five years was armed when they got off the bike.
Mr Mullen told the court: "I asked him if he was involved and he said it was a robbery gone wrong."
Prosecutor Richard Wright QC said Mr McDougall wielded the weapon while Mr Mullen drove him to and from the murder scene on the motorbike.
Both men deny charges relating to possession of a firearm, while Mr Mullen has additionally pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
The trial continues.