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Driver who killed father in front of Marks & Spencer sentenced to 15 years

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The driver who killed a father-of-two in a Marks & Spencer’s car park has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Shaan Mir, 27, ran into Matthew “Tik” Tester in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, after a fallout with his girlfriend, SurreyLive reports.

Mr Tester, 49, suffered fatal head injuries as a result of the crash, leaving behind a wife and two children.

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Matthew “Tik” Tester suffered from fatal head injuries

Mir was convicted of manslaughter at a hearing today (December 16) but was cleared of the murder of Mr Tester and the attempted murder of Lee Waring.

In a previous trial, Mir had admitted to a count of criminal damage.

Mir had arranged to meet with Stephen Butler at a Marks & Spencer car park in Walton, Surrey, on April 22 following a dispute over a woman they had both dated.

The dispute led to Mir reversing into Mr Butler’s work colleagues, Mr Tester, who died at the scene, and Mr Waring, who sustained serious injuries.

Mir previously told the court his intention was to get away from the scene as he became scared and that he “messed up”.

Judge Black told the court: “He [Mr Tester] was a popular scooterist, a man who clearly lived for his family. Someone who looked forward to being a part of his children’s lives. I would like to express my condolences to his family for their loss.

Mr Tester’s son, Mark, said: “His life was brutally cut short. This person is obviously a danger to society. The defendant has not shown any remorse whatsoever. He blames everyone else and takes no responsibility.”

His teenage daughter Madeline said: “I always assumed he’d see me grow up. I thought he would see me get married and do the Waltz. I did walk down an aisle with him, but he was on my shoulders in a box.”

Kim Tester, his wife, said: “He was my best friend for 27 years. Can you imagine all the things we did together that I now have to do alone? We have no future together because of you.”

She added that her children never got to say goodbye to their father and that she remembers her family “all breaking down in tears and screaming ‘no, no no!'”

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Speaking directly to Mir, she added: “I am standing here today and I should not be here, my family and friends should not be here, my husband should be here.

“It is your crime that has destroyed our world. You have tried to make it all about you, with no regard for my family and friends, even your own mother.

“From that day you could have stopped these proceedings. You could have stopped me and my children from crying ourselves to sleep at night but no, it is all about you.

“You had a choice in that moment but you chose to drive your car at two innocent people all because your girlfriend didn’t want to be with you, simple as that.”

In a concluding statement, she told Mir: “You have done enough damage to all of us and taken our beloved husband, dad, son, brother, son-in-law, uncle and from us right before his 50th.

“But as of today, you will no longer take any of our emotions and we will live with the wonderful memories of Tik and we will make him even more proud about how strong we have had to become because of you.”

Mir stared at the floor and did not look at the family as he was led away, The Sun reports.

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