Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

Two guilty of shopkeeper murder

Two found guilty of Huddersfield shopkeeper's murder
Two found guilty of Huddersfield shopkeeper's murder

Two men have been found guilty of battering a shopkeeper to death with wine bottles from his own shelves during a botched robbery.

Gurmail Singh, 63, died when he tried to stop youths robbing his shop in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, in February.

A jury of nine women and three men found Muawaz Khalid, 20, and Nabeel Shafi, 18, guilty of murder following a six week trial at Bradford Crown Court.

Three other men, Umare Aslam, 20, Shoaib Khan, 18, and Rehman Afzal, 18, were cleared of murder.

Khalid and Aslam were also convicted of robbery. Khan was cleared of the robbery charge.

Afzal and Shafi pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to the charge of robbing Mr Singh.

The jury was told that Khan had admitted a charge of assisting an offender.

Mr Justice Henriques adjourned sentencing until November 16 so pre-sentence reports could be carried out.

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