Four guilty of shopkeeper murder


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Four men have been found guilty of murdering a shopkeeper who was brutally stabbed at his store in a robbery witnessed by his children.

Twins Ian and John Meenan, Anthony Bayliss and his brother Liam Ryan were all convicted of killing father-of-four Suppiah Tharmaseelan following a month-long trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

A fifth man, James Moore, was cleared of murdering the 48-year-old shop owner, whose children saw him being attacked via a CCTV system installed at his shop in Kingstanding, Birmingham.

Jurors deliberated for four days before returning unanimous guilty verdicts against the Meenans, who are aged 27 and both lived in the Erdington area of Birmingham.

Bayliss, 25, and his brother Liam Ryan, 19, both of Gretton Road, Erdington, were found guilty by 10-2 majority verdicts.

Mr Justice Wyn Williams adjourned sentence on the four killers, who all face a mandatory life term, to a date to be fixed.

Moore, 25, of Twickenham Road, Kingstanding, admitted a charge of robbery before the trial and will also be sentenced later.