Tipu Sultan murder case: jury deliberations set to enter third day

Tipu Sultan
Tipu Sultan

A jury in the trial of two men accused of murdering a takeaway boss is set to continue deliberations for a third day.

Tipu Sultan died from a shotgun wound to the neck after his killer burst into the Herbs and Spices takeaway at Lake Avenue, South Shields, last April.

Mr Sultan, a 32-year-old married dad from Sunderland, had been cleaning in the kitchen of the family-run Indian takeaway when he was targeted.

Prosecutors claim Michael Mullen drove gunman Michael McDougall to and from the scene on a motorbike and that both men are equally responsible for the killing.

Mullen, 24, of Hawthorne Avenue, South Shields, and McDougall, 47, of Hylton Avenue, both deny murder, manslaughter and possession of a firearm.

Mullen denies conspiring to pervert the course of justice and McDougall denies a further charge of possessing a firearm .

Both men are being tried by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court.

Jurors have so far deliberated for two days but no verdicts have yet been delivered.

Mrs Justice Thirlwall has adjourned the case until tomorrow, when the jury will continue to deliberate.