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.

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