Sunningdale van murder: Four men remanded by judge

Shaleem Amar
Image caption Mr Amar was found in the back of a white van

Four men charged with the murder of a man found dying in the back of a van have been remanded in custody.

Father-of-three Shaleem Amar, 33, of Sunningdale, was found in the van after it was stopped by police on the A30 in Sunningdale, Berkshire, on Wednesday.

Robert Johnston, 56, Tom Johnston, 24, Ben Johnston, 26, and Shaun Matthews, 55, all of Cambridgeshire, appeared at Reading Crown Court.

They are due back at the court on 1 March to enter pleas.

A provisional trial has been set for next May with proceedings expected to last four to six weeks.

Tom, Ben and Robert Johnston are all from the village of Pampisford while Shaun Matthews is from Whittlesford.

They all appeared via videolink before Judge Zoe Smith.

A post-mortem examination showed Mr Amar died of head injuries.

Thames Valley Police referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) after it was revealed Mr Amar was not discovered in the van for nearly 40 minutes after it was stopped.

But the watchdog said the actions of officers were reasonable in the circumstances.

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