Pair sentenced for murder of Tipu Sultan

16/03/2016

Two South Shields men have been jailed after being found guilty of the fatal shooting of the owner of a local takeaway.

Michael McDougall, 47, of Hylton Avenue was found guilty after trial of murder and Michael Mullen, 24, of Hawthorne Avenue the manslaughter of father-of-two Tipu Sultan.

Michael McDougall was sentenced to life imprisonment, of which he must serve a minimum of 34 years. Michael Mullen was sentenced to 12 years.

The charges were brought in relation to the shooting of Mr Sultan outside his family-owned takeaway in April last year. Two men were witnessed fleeing the scene on motorbike after the shooting took place and their movements were captured across numerous CCTV cameras, leading to the arrest of the pair.

John Dilworth, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North East said: "We may never know the motive behind the cowardly actions of Michael McDougall and Michael Mullen.

"While we have proved beyond reasonable doubt that both were involved in Mr Sultan's death, there is nothing to suggest what could have prompted Michael McDougall to gun down a defenceless man outside of his own family-run business.

"Through their cowardly attack, the pair took a hard-working family man away from those who loved him and, by continuing to deny their involvement, they have unnecessarily prolonged the family's grief and suffering.

"I would hope that todays sentence provides a good measure of closure for Tipu Sultan's family and friends, at what must surely be a difficult time for them."