A 30 year-old Ilford man charged in connection with Chigwell businessman's death

Shammi Atwal was pushed into the pathway of a lorry as he fought off robbers

Shammi Atwal was pushed into the pathway of a lorry as he fought off robbers

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter, covering Chingford, Highams Park and Woodford. Call me on 07795 476 625

Police have charged a seventh man in connection with the death of a businessman killed trying to defend his livelihood.  

Ahmed Shah Hatimi, 30, of Richmond Road in Ilford, has been charged with manslaughter and commercial robbery following the death of Shammi Atwal, 45, of Chigwell, on October 14. 

Mr Atwal, described by his family as a devoted father and husband, was killed trying to defend his cash and carry business Glenn & Co from being robbed by a gang wielding sledgehammers and metals bars. 

A group of six men were convicted on May 13 of manslaughter and conspiracy to commit robbery over the death in River Road, Barking, and sentenced to serve a total of 71 years behind bars.

Mr Atwal died after a struggled ensued with one of the robbers and he fell after being pushed into the pathway of an oncoming lorry.  

Hatimi has been remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on Wednesday. 


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