Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Tipu Said 'What Do You Want'. the Man Said 'You, You, You' Then He Targeted His Gun TOWARDSTIPU' Dad of Takeaway Boss Tells of Moment His Son Was Shot

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Tipu Said 'What Do You Want'. the Man Said 'You, You, You' Then He Targeted His Gun TOWARDSTIPU' Dad of Takeaway Boss Tells of Moment His Son Was Shot

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Byline: Rob Kennedy Court Reporter rob.kennedy@ncjmedia.co.uk

THE dad of takeaway boss Tipu Sultan has told of the moment he saw a gunman shoot his son dead at the back door of the family business.

Amin Miah was helping Tipu clean their South Shields Indian takeaway when there was a knock at the back door.

Prosecutors claim Michael McDougall blasted Tipu in the neck from pointblank range with a double-barrelled shotgun as he stood in the doorway.

Mr Miah, 61, said that after shooting his son, the gunman turned his weapon towards him and he was forced to hide behind a door to save himself.

Speaking through an interpreter and behind screens at Newcastle Crown Court, Mr Miah told jurors he was helping his son at Herbs and Spices on April 7 last year.

Shortly before 10pm, he said a man came to the back door wearing a motorbike helmet.

The grandfather told the court: "He had a shotgun, it had two barrels. Tipu said 'what do you want' and I repeated 'what do you want'.

"At first the man didn't say anything. After one or two seconds he said 'you, you, you' then he targeted his gun towards Tipu, said 'hey, you' and fired the shot."

Asked if he saw what happened to Tipu after the shot was fired, Mr Miah said: "No I couldn't look because next he targeted towards me, to shoot at me.

"I closed the middle door to save myself. He tried to open the door for two or three seconds.

"I was holding the handle from the other side. I was shouting to the chef 'help me, help me'."

Mr Miah told said he realised the gunman must have left. He told jurors: "I felt the handle loose and I came out and couldn't see him.

"He had shot Tipu and left. Then I shouted 'help me, help me' and phoned the police."

Mr Miah told the court he found Tipu outside on the ground and realised he was dead.

He said: "I held his hand and checked his breathing but none was there.

"I shouted to my grandson and the chef 'help me, help me, Tipu is dead'."

Mr Miah, a married father-of-seven, said he was aware his son had some financial problems in the run up to his alleged "execution". He said Tipu, 32, told him he had borrowed PS13,000 against his house and was worried he may lose his property if he didn't pay it back. …

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