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Bedford shopkeeper death: Thilak Mohan-Raj denies murder

Vairamuthu Thiyagarajah
Image caption Vairamuthu Thiyagarajah died four days after he was found at his flat

A man has appeared in court via video link and pleaded not guilty to the murder of a 56-year-old Bedford shopkeeper.

Vairamuthu Thiyagarajah was found with head injuries in his flat above MK Food and Wine in Elstow Road on 7 April. He died four days later.

Thilak Mohan-Raj, 25, of Bedford, made a brief appearance at Luton Crown Court earlier and denied the murder charge.

He was remanded in custody. His trial is due to begin on 25 September.

Sri Lankan-born Mr Thiyagarajah was married with five children and several grandchildren, Bedfordshire Police said at the time of his death.

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