A man accused of murdering a popular dad in an argument over a parking space has appeared in court this afternoon.
Shaan Mir, 26, is charged with killing Matthew Tester, known to friends as Tik, in the car park of Marks and Spencer in Walton, Surrey, on Thursday last week.
Mir, of Arlington Lodge in Weybridge, Surrey, appeared at Guildford Crown Court for a preliminary hearing after appearing at Guildford Magistrates’ Court earlier in the morning.
He spoke only to confirm his name and remained quiet as prosecution counsel Wendy Cottee and Judge Jonathan Black discussed his case and planned the schedule for the expected three-week trial.
Local residents said Mir had been visiting his girlfriend and had an altercation with Mr Tester, whose scaffolding company was working at the supermarket.
Police say it appears that a car was deliberately driven at Mr Tester and another man, who was airlifted to hospital.
Dad-of-two Mr Tester’s family have paid emotional tributes to him.
In a statement his teenage daughter said: “Dad taught me how to live. Our favourite thing was just to laugh, because even in our darkest time we did it together.”
His brother added: “Tik was a much-loved son, husband, father, brother, uncle and friend to so many. Those who knew him will talk of his humour, generosity, willingness to help and his cheeky grin.
“This tragedy has absolutely rocked the family who have been devastated by Tik’s death. The hurt and sadness we’ve felt over the past few days simply cannot be fully quantified…and something no-one should ever experience.
“The consequences and ripples of Tik’s death will have a lasting effect on so many lives. No mother should expect to outlive their son.
“Over the past few days, the family have been inundated with condolences, love and such warmth and well wishes from friends across the country – a testament to the love and affection people have for Tik and his family. This has been of great comfort.
“Tik is a figure widely known and loved within the scootering community, which have all been rocked by the news of their friend’s tragic death.
“This affection has so far raised over £11,000 from nearly 500 donations from the scooterists worldwide in a GoFundMe, and £22,000 from the various JustGiving pages set up to help the family.”
Detective Chief Inspector David Springett, who is leading the investigation, said: “This is an extremely difficult time for Tik’s family and I would ask that their privacy is respected to allow them to grieve in peace.”
He previously said: “From our initial enquiries, it appears that an altercation has taken place, leading to a physical confrontation, which then resulted in one of the group getting into his car and driving at two of the other men.
“Tragically, this has resulted in the death of one man and left another seriously injured and our thoughts are with their family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”
Mir was ordered to return to Guildford Crown Court on July 27 and was remanded in custody.