Firefighters training at reservoir uncovered alleged Remal Hunt murder weapon, court hears – Birmingham Live
Firefighters carrying out a routine training exercise at a city reservoir uncovered a loaded gun thought to be linked to the fatal shooting of an Erdington dad.
Remal Hunt was gunned down in broad daylight in Church Road, on April 18 this year.
Mr Hunt was a passenger in a black Volkswagen Golf being driven by a friend who helped at the scene after the shooting, but had not then given a statement to police.
Keanu Bedward is standing trial at Birmingham Crown Court accused of murdering the 28-year-old.
Today, October 22 – the first day of the trial – the court heard details of the shooting and the chance discovery of the weapon – just days later.
Jurors were told the loaded weapon was found inside a bag filled with stones, as well as two cigarette ends which had allegedly been planted to mislead investigators.
Opening the case against Bedward, prosecutor Michael Burrows said: “Just before noon on Thursday, April 18, on Church Street in Erdington, a gunman shot and killed Remal Hunt. He was 28-years-old.
“The prosecution says this was murder and the man who killed him was Keanu Bedward.”
Jurors were today told Bedward had allegedly dumped his car – also a black VW Golf – 1.5 miles away from the murder scene before fleeing to Dubai on a one-way ticket, just hours after the fatal attack.
Bedward was allegedly captured on CCTV at Manchester Airport late on the day of the shooting, and a stamp in his passport showed his arrival at the UAE the following day.
He was eventually arrested on his return to the UK via Casablanca, but refused to answer police questions.
The court heard just days before Bedward returned to the UK, firefighters carrying out a routine training exercise at Bartley Green reservoir uncovered a loaded shotgun.
Mr Burrows added: “A few days before he (Bedward) returned to this country – on April 26 – West Midlands Fire Service carried out a training exercise at a reservoir in Bartley Green.
“One of the officers was asked to search the perimeter of the reservoir and found a small black Nike bag.
“The officer thought the bag was connected to the exercise and picked it up. He opened it and saw it was filled with stones. He began to empty the stones and with the stones, out came a pair of gloves, two cigarette ends and a revolver containing four rounds – with one missing.
“The officer then tipped the bag on the ground and reported his find to the command team by radio.”
Police then attended, the trial jury heard, and subsequent forensic examination of the live ammunition found it was consistent in size and weight with the bullet recovered from Mr Hunt.
DNA evidence recovered from the cigarette butts did not match Bedward, Mr Burrows said.
The Crown claims DNA evidence found on items in Bedward’s car, as well as gunshot residue on the front offside area of his vehicle, links him to the killing.