Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Murder Victim Family Wait for Release of Body

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Murder Victim Family Wait for Release of Body

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Byline: Lisa Hutchinson Reporter lisa.hutchinson@ncjmedia.co.uk

THE grieving family of murder victim Tipu Sultan hope to get the go-ahead to start making funeral arrangements.

Tipu, 32, of Sunderland, was gunned down outside the family's Herbs & Spice Kitchen takeaway on Lake Avenue, in Marsden, South Shields, on Tuesday, April 7. Devastated members of the Bangladeshi community have been united in grief as they support Tipu's family.

Their community has been trying to come to terms with the horrific slaying and scores have been saying prayers for Tipu and his family at the mosque in Sunderland where he used to attend.

Now Det Chief Insp John Bent has told how funeral arrangements can soon be made as the second post mortem examination took place yesterday, and the body can be released back to the family.

He said: "The second post mortem is due to take place on Friday so funeral arrangements can be made following that. It looks as though the funeral will be held mid next week."

Earlier, Imam Yusuf Meah, the Imam of the University of Sunderland and Sunderland Jami Mosque, based in Chester Road, where Tipu attended, said: "This is a very difficult time because our religion says that the body should be buried straight away, as soon as there is a death certificate. But, due to the circumstances of this death, the body cannot be released and preparations for a funeral cannot start.

"This is a very grey area and we don't know what is happening and so we can't hold a large-scale gathering which can be made public.

"At each prayer now we pray the body will be released so plans can start."

On Thursday, Tipu's brother Mahsum Sultan made an appeal to the public to join detectives and find the killers of his brother.

At a press conference at South Shields police Station he was joined by his heartbroken mother and father, Aleya Begum and Amin Miah.

He said: "As you can imagine, the sudden and violent way my brother died has left our world shattered.

"Tipu was a family man. He was loved and respected both within our family and in the communities of Sunderland and South Shields.

"We are grateful for the support we have received from both communities and we thank anyone who has already provided information to police to help catch Tipu's killer. …

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