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Shammi Atwal lorry death: Six men jailed for manslaughter

(Clockwise from top left) Vidmantas Gorskoves, Aurimas Diliunas, Farhan Sheikh, Deibidas Sumskas, Reiniks Kivers and Edgaras Balezantis Image copyright Met Police
Image caption The gang was also found guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery

Six men have been given jail terms of between 11 years and 13 years for killing a cash-and-carry owner who was hit by a lorry as he chased robbers.

Shammi Atwal, 45, died outside Glen & Co Cash and Carry in River Road, Barking, east London, on 14 October.

Vidmantas Gorskoves, Aurimas Diliunas, Farhan Sheikh, Deibidas Sumskas, Reiniks Kivers and Edgaras Balezantis were sentenced at the Old Bailey.

The gang got away with £1,000, but were caught on CCTV.

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Image caption Shammi Atwal was struck by a lorry as he chased robbers from his shop

The six defendants - five of whom are Lithuanian nationals and one British - were found guilty of manslaughter and conspiracy to rob on 13 May.

  • Gorskoves, 26, from Plaistow, was jailed for 11 years and four months
  • Diliunas, 27, from Walthamstow, was sentenced to 11 years and eight months
  • Sheikh, 39, from Islington, was sentenced to 13 years
  • Sumskas, 25, from Canning Town, received a sentence of 11 years and four months
  • Kivers, 28, of no fixed abode, was jailed for 13 years
  • Balezantis, 25, from East Ham, was sentenced to 11 years and four months.

Mr Atwal, one of the owners of the cash-and-carry warehouse, chased the gang who were armed with sledgehammers and metal bars.

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Image caption The men smashed their way into Glen & Co Cash and Carry on 14 October

He confronted one of the robbers on the street and was pushed into the path of a passing lorry which crushed and killed him.

Mr Atwal's wife, Damanjeet Kaur, said in a statement: "Shammi was the most loving husband and father.

"This is something we will live with for the rest of our life and I will see my kids grow up without their dad and I am finding that very hard to cope with.

"There are no words to express how we are feeling - we are just living. We miss him all the time and always will."

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