Four men jailed for life for the murder of a shopkeeper


Four men were sentenced to life today at Birmingham Crown Court for the murder of Suppiah Thaaemseelan in his shop last year.

Brothers, Ian and John Meenan, both aged 27, Liam Ryan, aged 19 and Anthony Bayliss, aged 25, were all sentenced to a mandatory life sentence for murder, with minimum terms of imprisonment of 27, 24, 21 and 20 years respectively.

 The driver James Moore, aged 25, received 6 years and 9 months for his part in the robbery.

 Hannah Sidaway, Senior Crown Prosecutor for West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "This was a very tragic case in which a respected member of the community and family man was subjected to a brutal and merciless knife attack.

"Mr Tharmaseelan was attacked and killed in his shop just minutes before closing by individuals who were intent upon robbery, yet who fled with goods of nominal value.

"These men then made various attempts to cover their tracks and plead their innocence, however, the prosecution team has worked very hard over the last year to bring these offenders to justice. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in this case.

"Finally, the family of Mr Tharmaseelan has displayed great dignity and strength throughout the court process, and we hope that today's outcome will assist them in rebuilding their lives after their tragic loss."