Man suspected of murder of female police officer extradited from Pakistan and charged

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Piran Ditta Khan, 74, is due to appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court this morning (13th April, 2023) charged with the murder of Police Constable Sharon Beshenivsky in November, 2005.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) say Khan, a father of six and a former Bradford mill worker, was taken into custody and remanded at a police station in West Yorkshire following extradition from Pakistan.

PC 268 Beshenivsky, 38, was fatally shot during an incident at Universal Express, a travel agency in Morley Street, Bradford. A mother of three, and stepmother of two children, Sharon had been a warranted police officer for just nine months, having previously served as a much valued Community Support Officer.

Her colleague, PC Teresa Millburn, was seriously injured in the same incident.

West Yorkshire Police said in a statement that Khan, known locally as ‘Uncle’, has been charged with murder, robbery, two counts of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and two counts of possessing a prohibited weapon.

Chief Crown Prosecutor Joanne Jakymec said: “Since Piran Ditta Khan was arrested in Pakistan in [January] 2020, our specialist prosecutors have been working closely with our Pakistani partners to complete the legal process in the country so that he could be extradited back to England to face the allegations from almost 20 years ago.”

Two other men, Muzzaker Imtiaz Shah and Yusuf Abdullah Jama, were sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of 35 years, in December, 2006 over the shooting of PC Beshenivsky.

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Page last updated: Thursday 12th April, 2023 at 0755 hours

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