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34 years for the murderer of Tipu Sultan


One year after the event, community members, friends and family of Tipu Sultan, have been offered no explanation as to why the 32-year-old, loving father of two was gunned down in such a brutal manner. At the trial earlier this year in Newcastle Crown Cour t, Tipu’s murderer, Michael McDougall, was jailed for a minimum of 34-years. He has never given a motive for his ruthless


previously convicted criminal, recruited get-away driver Michael Mullen on the premise of carrying out a robbery. He then entered the shop and blasted Tipu in the neck with a sawn-off shotgun in front of Tipu’s father. Michael McDougall, 47, was found guilty of murder and two counts of possessing a firearm with intent. He was jailed for life with a minimum of 34 years. Michael Mullen who said he did not know McDougall had a shotgun, was cleared of murder but


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actions, though the prosecution said it had all the hallmarks of a targeted killing. The senseless murder took place whilst the takeaway boss was clearing up in his Herbs and Spice Kitchen in South Shields, Tyne & Wear The cour t heard how Michael McDougall of South Shields, a


manslaughter and jailed for 12 years. Sentencing McDougall, Mrs Justice Thirlwall said that at the time of the killing, young teenagers were playing nearby on their bikes, scarcely feet away. “What they witnessed will stay with them for the rest of their lives,” she commented. “[Mr Tipu] had no prospect of withstanding that lethal attack. He died at the scene. His father, who was standing close to his son when he was shot, witnessed his killing. No words can adequately describe the terror and horror he experienced.” After sentence was passed the remorseless McDougall shocked the


court by asking the judge: “Can you not suspend mine for 12 months please?” Mahsum Sultan, Tipu’s brother, read a moving victim impact statement on behalf of the family, describing how the death had put them under a great emotional strain. The family was now “broken” and the “pain felt by his loss” could not be put into words, he said. He continued: “My family depended on Tipu for everything, my mother is now always anxious,” he said. “Tipu was not only the provider of his family but the protector of his family and children. “Tipu lived for his children and was a wonderful father. His daughter was his princess. Knowing Tipu will never see his children grow up is really hard to bear.” After the trial Superintendent Sarah Pitt paid tribute to the community. “The tragic death of Tipu Sultan had a significant impact for the people of Sunderland and South Shields and the Bangladeshi community here,” she said. “I want to thank the Bangladeshi community for their dignity and patience throughout this investigation and I hope today’s outcome helps bring some solace and closure for them.”


Expo returns Registration is now open for the Takeaway Innovation Expo which returns to London’s ExCel on 27th and 28th September 2016. The event showcases the latest industry innovation and emerging technologies with talks by restaurant business experts. A brand new show, Restaurant Tech Live will also be running alongside Takeaway Innovation Expo, with access to the very latest technology to improve business. For further information, please visit www.takeawayexpo.co.uk


Takeaway Innovation Halal sector highlighted


The industry levy board, AHDB Beef & Lamb, is launching a programme of activities to emphasise the importance of the halal sector to the meat industry. As part of the activities, AHDB has commissioned a cookery show, Healthy Kitchen, airing in June 2016 on British Muslim TV. The programme showcases the quality of home-produced beef and lamb, discussing farm production with a focus on how the halal sector adds value through the supply chain. AHDB has also commissioned research to examine consumers’ attitudes and decision making when purchasing meat. “The halal sector has a significant role to play in supporting the sheep meat


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industry, in particular, and increasingly, the beef industry,” said Dr Phil Hadley, AHDB Beef & Lamb’s head of global supply chain development. “For example the Muslim community consumes around 20% of all sheep meat sold in England. “We have a vibrant and growing domestic market for halal sheep meat. It is important that we work with the sector to maximise the opportunities presented. “We undertook a significant amount of work in 2015 and or forthcoming activities underline our ongoing commitment to supporting the halal sector,” concluded Dr Hadley.


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