Four men sentenced following Sunningdale murder


Four men have been given life sentences equating to a minimum combined total of 98 years at Reading Crown Court today (20/12), for the murder of 33-year-old father-of-three Shaleem Amar.

Mr Amar suffered fatal injuries after being attacked with lump hammers at his home in Sunningdale, Berkshire, on 17 November 2010.

Robert Johnston, known as Derek, aged 57 and his two sons Ben, aged 27 and Tom, aged 25, all of Town Lane, Pampisford, Cambridge, along with a fourth man Shaun Matthews, aged 56, of Duxford Road, Whittlesford, Cambridge, were found guilty of Mr Amar's murder following a six-week trial at Reading Crown Court.

Today (20/12), Robert Johnston was sentenced to a minimum term of 28-years imprisonment; Ben Johnston was sentenced to a minimum term of 25-years; Tom Johnston was sentenced to a minimum term of 20-years and Shaun Matthews was sentenced to a minimum term of 25-years.

Following the convictions, Mr Amar's mother Flora Amar, from London, and his uncle Zafar Ismail, said: "The news that all four men have been convicted of Shaleem's murder has been received with a sigh of great relief by his family and friends after 13-months of a torturous and agonising waiting.

"Both of us on behalf of all the family and friends would like to express our deep gratitude and great appreciation for the prosecution barristers, Noel Lucas QC, and Matthew Walsh from Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for their professionalism and passion for justice, police family liaison officers Densel McIntosh and Melanie Ward for their loving care and dedication, and also Det Sgt Mark Davis and the investigation team for their meticulous hard work and dedication on this case."