Duo Deny Murder Of Restaurant Owner
4th November 2015
Two men have denied murdering a takeaway restaurant owner.
Michael McDougall, 47, and Michael Mullen, 24, both from South Shields, are accused of shooting dead Tipu Sultan, 32, outside Herbs n Spice Kitchen in the town in April.
Mr McDougall, of Hylton Avenue, and Mr Mullen, of Hawthorne Avenue, also pleaded not guilty to possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.
They appeared via video link at Newcastle Crown Court on Tuesday 3 November.
Mr Mullen is also charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, which he denied.
The men will stand trial on 23 February next year and remain remanded in custody.