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Suppiah Tharmaseelan: Men guilty of shopkeeper murder

John and Ian Meenan, Anthony Bayliss and Liam Ryan
Image caption All four men will be sentenced at a date yet to be fixed

Four men have been found guilty of murdering a Birmingham shopkeeper.

Suppiah Tharmaseelan, 48, was stabbed in a robbery at Select Convenience Store on College Road, Kingstanding, last November.

Jurors heard Mr Tharmaseelan's young children were in a flat above the shop and saw the attack via the CCTV system.

Twins John and Ian Meenan, 27, and brothers Anthony Bayliss, 25, and Liam Ryan, 19 - all from Erdington - have been found guilty of murder.

Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court acquitted a fifth defendant, James Moore, 25, from Kingstanding.

Previously all five pleaded guilty to a charge of robbery.

Children's nightmares

Earlier jurors acquitted two other men who were accused of trying to delete the CCTV footage of the attack in order to cover up the crime.

Image caption Suppiah Tharmaseelan's young children watched via the store's CCTV as their father was stabbed

Scott Henderson, 38, of Penns Lane, Sutton Coldfield, and barman David Doyle, 46, of Chingford Road, Kingstanding, were cleared of perverting the course of justice.

Mr Tharmaseelan had a wife and four children, aged three to 15.

Mr Tharmaseelan's wife Sangeetha said: "Suppiah was a hard working man and worked long hours to support his family.

"He was my rock and my life. My children cry at night and are afraid that these nasty people will come back for them.

"They close their eyes and the nightmare returns. I have lost my husband and my whole life, everything we worked for has been ripped to pieces and everyday I look at my children who look lost and ask why did this happen?"

Unanimous guilty verdicts

Det Ch Insp Sab Johal, of West Midlands Police, said: "Suppiah was a decent family man who worked hard to earn a living.

"He was well known and liked in the local community and had run the shop for five years."

Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court returned a unanimous guilty verdict for the Meenan brothers after four days of deliberations.

Bayliss and his brother Ryan, both of Gretton Road, Erdington, were found guilty by majority verdicts of 10-2.

Mr Justice Wyn Williams adjourned sentencing till a date yet to be fixed.

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