Joe Bruno on the Mob – British TV Star Involved in Hit.

 

In American, actors sometimes play gangsters, but in the UK, a true-life actor somehow got himself involved in a real-life murder.

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On the witness stand for the murder trial of Edward Heffey, actor Brian Regan, 54, who played Terry Sullivan in Channel 4’s Brookside for 14 years, has admitted that he drove alleged gunman Heffey to and from the scene of the shooting of Bahman Faraji, in Aigburth, Liverpool last February. But Regan claims he was only driving Heffey to deliver some cocaine, and had no idea a shooting had occurred. Regan said on the stand that he did drive Heffey to the area of the murder that night, but as far as he knew it was so Heffey could collect drug money.

Regan said, “Heffey said he’d be back in a minute and got out of the car. I had a line of cocaine, I finished the bag off, as I was sitting in the car. Heffey returned about three or four minutes later and there was nothing different about him. No sign of blood and no sign of a gun. Then I drove away normally from the scene and took Heffey home.”

Regan also admitted that he and his girlfriend/cocaine-pal Christine Line concocted a false alibi for Regen on the the night on the killing. Regan said he came up with the plan on the “spur of the moment” on the night of his arrest when both he and Line were sitting in the back of a police car after they had been arrested as co-conspirators in the murder trial.

“I was asking her to lie for me,” Regan said. “She could see I was scared, upset and worried. I told her to say that she was in the car with me that night.”

Regan also admitted that when he found out about the killing he was so afraid for his life, he refused to go back to his flat.

Regan said the the witness stand, “I was scared of going back there because a man had been shot. I did not know whether the passenger I had in my car (Heffey) had anything to do with it. My head was up my a**e. I didn’t want to go in the flat because I was scared.”

Regan said his career fell off a cliff when his run in the popular Brookside TV show ended. Regan said that when he stopped getting regular acting work, he became a cocaine addict. His acting career subsequently ended, when at the age of 45, he had a heart attack (probably from all the coke he stuffed up his nose.)

As part of his cooperation deal with the courts, Regan has pleaded guilty to two counts of supplying Class A drugs and two counts of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply. He will be sentenced at the end of Heffy’s murder trial. His girlfriend Line has also pleaded guilty to allowing her premises to be used in the supply of a controlled drug. She will also be sentenced after the trial.

Who knows what will become of the rest of Regan’s life, but it’s safe to say his acting career has gone down the tubes for good. American actor Robert Downey Jr. made a remarkable acting comeback after being incarcerated for consistently being caught doing and buying drugs. But Downey Jr. was a world-class actor before his troubles. Regan was a second-rate actor at best, and certainly no Downey Jr.

Hopefully, Regan will at least keep his nose clean in the future. In more ways than one.

The article below can be seen at:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/2011/11/17/former-brookside-star-brian-regan-admits-to-lying-to-police-over-gangland-shooting-86908-23569186/

Former Brookside star Brian Regan admits to lying to police over gangland shooting

Nov 17 2011

A FORMER soap star admitted today that he told police “a pack of lies” in the aftermath of an underworld shooting.

Brian Regan, 54, who played Terry Sullivan in Channel 4’s Brookside, is accused of driving alleged gunman Edward Heffey to and from the scene of a shooting in Aigburth, Liverpool, in February this year when father-of-one Bahman Faraji, 44, was gunned down in the street.

The former actor, of St Mary’s Road, Liverpool, denies murder alongside Heffey, 40, of Beloe Street, Lee Dodson, 42, of Logfield Drive, and Simon Smart, 32, of Kylemore Way, all Liverpool.

Today Regan, who appeared in the soap for 14 years, told Liverpool Crown Court that he tried to get his girlfriend, Christine Line, 48, to provide a false alibi for him and tell police she was with him on the night of the killing.

Regan said he came up with the plan on the “spur of the moment” on the night of his arrest when both he and Line were sitting in the back of a police car.

Stephen Riordan QC, defending Heffey, said: “You and Christine were cooking up a false story in the back of the police car?”

Regan replied: “I was. I was asking her to lie for me. She could see I was scared, upset and worried. I told her to say that she was in the car with me.”

Regan agreed that the “story” would give him “a complete alibi” for the time of the murder.

Mr Riordan then asked Regan about his first statement to the police, saying: “That statement is pretty much a pack of lies?”

Regan responded: “Yes.”

He told the jury that he knew nothing about the shooting but admitted that he had been involved in delivering drugs.

He said he feared for his life following the murder and was too scared to go back to his flat.

He told the court: “I was scared of going back there because a man had been shot. I did not know whether the passenger I had in my car had anything to do with it. My head was up my a**e.

“I didn’t want to go in the flat because I was scared.”

Mr Riordan said: “You were worried that something was going to happen to you?”

Regan said: “I didn’t know what was going to happen. I didn’t know what I was doing.”

The court heard that Regan told police he was worried he was going to get shot if he told them anything or named Heffey as the man who had been in his car on the night of the murder.

“I was scared that something would happen if he knew I had given his name in,” Regan said.

Earlier in the trial Regan said he did ferry Heffey to the area of the murder that night, but as far as he knew it was so Heffey could collect drugs money.

Questioned by his defending barrister Charles Benson QC about events leading up to the murder, Regan admitted being a regular cocaine user and a dealer.

After he left Brookside in 1997 and acting work dried up – along with his savings – Regan continued using the drug and became a supplier and a cocaine courier on behalf of friend Dodson.

Regan said they would supply Heffey with cocaine “about three or four times a day” and added that it “wasn’t unusual” for Heffey to also ask for a lift in Regan’s car.

He added he had no idea a shooting was going to take place on February 24 when he took Heffey a £30 bag of cocaine.

The prosecution say the pair drove to Belgrave Road, near where the shooting took place outside the Belgrave Arms public house.

Questioned by Mr Benson, Regan said: “(Heffey) said he’d be back in a minute and got out of the car.

“I had a line of cocaine, I finished the bag off, as I was sitting in the car.”

He said Heffey returned about three or four minutes later and there was “nothing different about him”.

He said there was no sign of blood and no sign of a gun.

Regan said he then “drove away normally” from the scene and took Heffey home.

Mr Faraji, a nightclub doorman, was shot at close range as he stood outside the public house with two friends.

Prosecutor Brian Cummings QC, previously told the jury Mr Faraji was killed by Heffey after Dodson enlisted Regan to act as the driver.

The shooting was orchestrated “at a distance” by Smart acting on the orders of another man, Mr Cummings said.

Liverpool-based Brookside began on the launch night of Channel 4 on November 2 1982, and ran for 21 years until November 2003.

Regan joined Brookside from episode six and his character was at the centre of some of the Close’s most dramatic storylines until his final appearance in 1997.

He said he was in Brookside when he began taking cocaine but never used the drug while he was working.

Leaving the programme had a “dramatic” effect on his life and income, he said.

He briefly worked on Sky Sports Soccer AM but that came to an end when he suffered a heart attack shortly after his 45th birthday, the court heard.

In November last year, the jury was told, police attended the home of Regan’s girlfriend, where a substantial amount of cocaine and drugs paraphernalia was found.

Regan, who was at the property at the time, then took the officers to his own flat where they found 40 wraps of cocaine.

He has pleaded guilty to two counts of supplying Class A drugs and two counts of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply and will be sentenced at the conclusion of the murder trial, the court heard.

Line, also of St Mary’s Road, Liverpool, has pleaded guilty to allowing her premises to be used in the supply of a controlled drug and will also be sentenced later.

The pair separately deny a charge of perverting the course of justice over witness statements they gave to detectives investigating Mr Faraji’s shooting.

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