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Birmingham shopkeeper murder trial jury retires

A jury in the trial of five men accused of murdering a Birmingham shopkeeper has retired for a second day.

Suppiah Tharmaseelan, 48, was stabbed to death during a robbery at the Select Convenience Store on College Road, Kingstanding, last November.

Twin brothers John and Ian Meenan, 27, both of Erdington, Birmingham, are charged with his murder.

Anthony Mark Bayliss, 25, his brother Liam Ryan, 19, and James Moore, 25, are also on trial for murder.

Repeatedly stabbed

Mr Bayliss and Mr Ryan, both of Gretton Road, Erdington, and Mr Moore, of Twickenham Road, Kingstanding, along with John and Ian Meenan admit robbery but deny murder.

During the trial at Birmingham Crown Court, jurors were shown CCTV footage of the shopkeeper, a father of four, being badly beaten and repeatedly stabbed.

The jury of seven men and five women began its deliberations on Tuesday afternoon.

Prosecutor Timothy Mousley QC told the court that the defendants spent the afternoon of 27 November 2010 at the Leopard pub in Erdington, Birmingham, drinking and watching football.

Some of the defendants returned to the pub, on Jerry's Lane, after Mr Tharmaseelan was killed, in what the prosecution claims was a bid to establish an alibi.

The Leopard's owner, Scott Henderson, 38, of Penns Lane, Sutton Coldfield, and barman David Doyle, 46, of Chingford Road, Kingstanding, are accused of attempting to cover up the alleged crime.

The prosecution alleged that Mr Henderson called the pub in the early hours of 28 November 2010, instructing Mr Doyle to delete the previous evening's CCTV footage from the pub.

Both men deny perverting the course of justice.

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