Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Murdered Just for Trying to Protect His Wife; SHOPKEEPER DIED IN HIS WIFE'S ARMS AFTER KNIFE ATTACK

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Murdered Just for Trying to Protect His Wife; SHOPKEEPER DIED IN HIS WIFE'S ARMS AFTER KNIFE ATTACK

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Byline: JACK LEFLEY

A SHOPKEEPER died in his wife's arms after being stabbed when he tried to protect her from rowdy customers.

Siva Supramaniam, 33, was knifed in the heart and bled to death as his wife Shanta, above, cradled him.

He had come back to his store from a local takeaway to find a man and woman rowing with his wife. Mr Supramaniam stepped in and asked the pair to leave the off-licence in Harrow Road, Wembley.

But when he followed them into nearby Tring Avenue, he was repeatedly stabbed in the chest and stomach and battered around the head with a blunt weapon. Mr Supramaniam staggered back to his shop before collapsing in the doorway bleeding heavily. His last words to his 27-year-old wife were, "Honey, call the police, I can't breathe."

His wife is too distressed to talk, but today his sister Priah spoke of her kind and gentle brother.

The 32-year-old said: "Siva was ambitious and hard working, he would do anything to help his friends. …

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