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Two men found guilty of murder of shop owner in West Yorkshire, England

Two men found guilty of murder of shop owner in West Yorkshire, England

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Two men have been found guilty of murdering shopkeeper Gurmail Singh in a robbery at his shop in West Yorkshire, England. During the robbery at Cowcliffe Convenience Store in Huddersfield in February, Singh was hit over the head with bottles of wine and died the next day.

Muawaz Khalid, aged twenty, and Nabeel Shafi, aged eighteen, both from Huddersfield were convicted of murder after a six-week trial at Bradford Crown Court. Three other men were cleared of murder but two were convicted of robbery; the third had previously admitted to assisting an offender. They will be sentenced on November 16.

Cowcliffe Convenience Store in Huddersfield
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The court was told how smokers at a public house opposite the shop became aware of the robbery when two of the gang were seen fleeing the scene. A man attempted to trap two remaining members of the gang inside the shop but they escaped through a back door. Other members of the public tried to stop them but they were able to get away.

Detective Superintendent David Pervin of West Yorkshire Police, speaking after the convictions said, “[l]ocal people showed great courage in attempting to tackle and capture those responsible at the time of the attack and, after the tragic events of that night, the wider community united and showed massive support in helping us to put these people before the courts. I cannot thank them enough for that.”



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February 25, 2010

Three people arrested in connection with murder of shop owner in West Yorkshire, England

Three people arrested in connection with murder of shop owner in West Yorkshire, England

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A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police has announced that the police force have arrested three teenagers in connection with the death of a shop owner in West Yorkshire, England. The three are currently remaining publicly unidentified. 63-year-old Gurmail Singh was killed after he was physically involved in a robbery of his shop, the Cowcliffe Convenience Store, that occurred on February 20, 2010 in the town of Huddersfield.

The spokesperson said that one person aged 18 and two people aged 17, all of whom came from the Huddersfield region, had been detained in connection to Gurmail Singh’s death on Sunday. The shop owner had sustained head injuries during the robbery. A post-mortem examination carried out on Singh determined that he was impacted in his head nine times by what was possibly a hammer.

Detective Superintendent David Pervin stated: “These men have been arrested as a result of the tremendous public response to my earlier appeals for information about this incident.” Pervin pointed out that he still needs information from members of the public, and requested that any local people operating CCTV cameras in the area should contact the police. He also made a direct appealed to those involved in the attack: “[t]hey know who they are. The spotlight is already directly upon them and I call on them to do the right thing and hand themselves in now before we knock at their door and arrest them.”


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