Six men convicted for the manslaughter of Shammi Atwal

13/05/2014

Six men were convicted today at the Central Criminal Court for the manslaughter of Shammi Atwal, who was pushed in front of a lorry and killed during the course of a robbery at the Glenn and Co Cash and Carry in Barking on 14 October 2014. The men were also convicted of conspiracy to rob.

Baljit Ubhey OBE, CPS London Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: "Shammi Atwal lost his life as a result of this violent robbery and these men have now been brought to justice for their part in his death.

"This was a planned robbery and the arsenal of weapons used by the group including sledgehammers and a scaffolding pole showed very clearly that the men planned to use violence to get what they wanted.

"Mr Atwal was trying to defend his livelihood when he was pushed in front of a lorry, causing his death.

"Although the evidence was unable to show which individual pushed Mr Atwal, each of these men participated in a violent robbery, realising that some physical harm might come to the members of staff present and under the law they are all responsible for his death.

"I would like to thank Mr Atwal's wife for giving evidence in court and we hope these convictions provide some small measure of comfort at this difficult time."

Background

All were convicted of conspiracy to rob and manslaughter:

  • Devidas Sumskas (22.8.88)
  • Farhan Ahmed Sheikh (24.2.75)
  • Edgaras Balezantis (2.10.88)
  • Vidmantas Gorskoves (3.6.87)
  • Aurimas Diliunas (23.6.87)
  • Reiniks Kivers (8.12.85)