Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Two charged over shopkeeper's death

A Police Officer places flowers outside the Glen cash and carry warehouse in Barking, where Shammi Atwal was thrown under a passing lorry and killed

Two Lithuanians will appear in court today charged with the manslaughter of a father-of-two who was killed by a moving lorry after chasing robbers from his cash and carry store.

Shammi Atwal confronted gang members armed with metal bars and a sledgehammer and defended his wife during a robbery at their business in Barking, east London.

Vidmantas Gonskoves, 26, of Grange Road in West Ham, east London, and Aurimas Diliunas, 27, of Rosslyn Road, Barking, will appear at Redbridge Magistrates' Court today accused of manslaughter and robbery.

Mr Atwal, from Chigwell in Essex , believed to have been in his 40s, and his 37-year-old widow tried to fight back as they were being robbed on Monday.

Following an altercation, up to 10 suspects ran from the cash and carry and were followed by the victim.

Police believe he was pushed in front of a lorry and despite efforts to save his life, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The lorry's driver stopped at the scene and was not arrested.

A post-mortem took place on Wednesday at Queen's Hospital in Romford, east London, and investigators are awaiting further toxicology results to determine the exact cause of death.

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