A Birmingham man accused of murdering Pc Sharon Beshenivsky in a botched robbery yesterday told a court how he blew his share of the haul trying to evade capture and told a jury: "Being on the run is not cheap"
Yusuf Abdillh Jamma (20) told Newcastle Crown Court he had received about #10,000 for his part in the raid but when he was arrested nine days later only #204.20p was recovered.
When quizzed about where the money had gone he said he could not account for it and that he did not know exactly how he had spent it.
Robert Smith, QC, prosecuting asked Jamma, in cross examination, what had happened to the money.
He asked: "What did you do with it" and Jamma replied "I used it."
He added: "Being on the run is not cheap. I was not counting what money I was spending."
Mr Smith asked Jamma: "Are you saying you spent around #1,000 a day on the run?"
Jamma replied: "I was moving around and that does not come cheap."
Pc Sharon Beshenivsky was killed and Pc Teresa Milburn seriously injured when they were shot outside the premises of the Universal Express travel agents on November 18.
Jamma has previously told the jury he must have fired the shots but did not intend to injure or kill anyone.
He told the jury he did not know he had shot the two officers, but admitted he "must have" pulled the trigger three times.
Jamma blamed the fact he thought everything "was a blur" on him drinking vodka or the "adrenalin rush" he had felt that day.
Jamma, of Whitmore Road, Small Heath, Birmingham, admits robbery and two firearms offences, but denies murder and two further firearms offences.
Raza Ul-Haq Aslam (25), of St Pancras Way, Kentish Town, north London; Faisal Razzaq (25) and his 26-year-old brother Hassan, both of Sebert Road, Forest Gate, east London, all deny Pc Beshenivsky’s murder.
Earlier this week, trial judge, Mr Justice Andrew Smith, ordered the jury to find 25-year-old co-defendant Muzzaker Shah, of no fixed address, not guilty of Pc Milburn’s attempted murder following legal discussions.
The judge said the attempted murder case against Shah – who admits Pc Beshenivsky’s murder, robbery and firearms offences – could not be continued and he will play no further role in the trial.
No one else is charged with the attempted murder of Pc Milburn.
The trial continues.