A rifleman wearing a prosthetic latex face mask was monitored by video surveillance when he shot a man in front of his wife and toddler, a court heard.
Anis Hemissi, a 24-year-old Swedish national, is accused of murdering Flamur Beqiri, also known as Alex, outside his home on Christmas Eve 2019.
The shooting in Battersea, southwest London, is believed to have been part of escalating violence between two rival Swedish criminal gangs.
The 36-year-old victim was hit by eight of the ten bullets fired while his frightened wife Debora Krasniqi was shielding her two-year-old son, Southwark Crown Court said Thursday.
The jury was shown film and audio from a surveillance camera attached to the couple’s home.
Shortly before the attack, the couple can be seen approaching their front gate while they were both holding hands with their son.
The shooter, who allegedly waited around two hours, emerges from behind them and the flash of the semi-automatic handgun can be seen as he opens fire.
Mr. Beqiri falls forward to the floor while Ms. Krasniqi hears screams as she takes the boy away. She then returns to her husband and takes the boy in her arms after the shooter runs away.
Hemissi reportedly fled on foot before cycling down the Thames Path to a nearby apartment.
Earlier footage two days before the murder reportedly caught the Swedish-Tunisian suspect while exploring the couple’s neighborhood, the court heard.
The clip shows a man in high-visibility clothing, a face mask and sunglasses while he is holding a garbage collector and a garbage bag in his hand.
Local resident Jeremy Lyons had turned to the man after he became suspicious of why he had been in the area for more than four hours and was wearing a mask that showed no facial expression.
The footage from Mr. Beqiri’s camera captured the moment when Mr. Lyons asked, “Excuse me, who do you work for? For whom do you work?”
The other man walks away when he is told, “Please get out of this property.”
A clip from the day of filming shows a man who is supposed to be Hemissi, in dark clothes, a scarf tied tightly around his neck, a knitted hat pulled over his ears, sunglasses and another latex mask.
Metropolitan Police CCTV officer Detective Constable Jonathan Moore said, “My impression from viewing this clip and the close-up of the garbage collection clip is that this person is wearing a mask so he pulled his scarf tight and pulled his hat down and sunglasses.
“The mask is always blank and the mouth doesn’t move.
“You can see that these are two separate masks from the definition of the nose. There are two different masks involved here. “
Mr Beqiri, a Swedish-Albanian national who is the brother of. is Real Cheshire Housewives Star, Missé Beqiri, was allegedly targeted for his links to a Swedish organized crime network in the context of escalating violence with a rival group.
Just four months before his death, the 31-year-old partner of his friend Naief Adawi, Karolin Hakim, was shot dead by armed men in Malmö when the couple left their apartment with their newborn baby, the court heard.
Hemissi, who flew to London on December 20 and left the country in the early hours of Christmas Day for Copenhagen, Denmark, was allegedly part of a team of four murderers from Sweden.
They allegedly planned to kill Mr. Beqiri for about six months and hired locals to clean up when they returned to Sweden.
Hemissi denies murder and possession of a self-loading pistol.
Swedish nationals, Estevan Pino-Munizaga, 35, Tobias Fredrik Andersson, 32, and Bawer Karaer, 23, who are alleged to help Hemissi, also deny the murder.
British citizen Clifford Rollox, 31, of Islington, north London, and Dutch citizen Claude Isaac Castor, 21, of Sint Maarten in the Caribbean, but who is resident in the UK, deny perverting the course of justice.