A GANG spent over two hours in a Leeds brothel the night before killing a policewoman in Bradford, a court heard.
Francois Baron, a 33-year-old illegal immigrant from the Seychelles, said the men drank champagne and vodka at a Leeds house before getting a taxi to the premises.
The next day Pc Sharon Beshenivsky was shot in the chest as she and Pc Teresa Milburn responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Universal Express travel agency in Bradford.
Mr Baron told a Newcastle Crown Court jury that he went with five other men to the brothel.
Mr Baron, who was painting the house in Harehills Lane where the gang stayed, said two Somalian men who he did not know arrived at the house the next day.
He said that at about 2.30pm one asked another if they were going to "succeed in the mission". Mr Baron said the other man said it would be a maximum £100,000.
When the men returned at about 5.30pm and heard on the news that one officer was dead and another injured, they panicked, burning their clothes and shaving their heads. They also hid the guns at other premises on Roundhay Place in Leeds.
Pc Beshenivsky, 38, was killed in the incident last November 18.
Yusuf Abdillh Jamma, 20, of Small Heath, Birmingham, Raza Ul-Haq Aslam, 25, of Kentish Town, north London, Faisal Razzaq, 25, and his brother Hassan, 26, both of Forest Gate, east London, all deny murder.
Muzzaker Imtiaz Shah, 25, of no fixed address, has pleaded guilty to her murder, but denies firing the shot that killed her. He also denies the attempted murder of Pc Milburn.
The case continues.