Berkshire

Sunningdale van murder: Shaleem Amar was 'family man'

Shaleem Amar
Image caption Mr Amar was found in the back of a white van

The wife of a man who died after he was found in the back of a van with fatal injuries has paid tribute to a "devoted family man".

Father-of-three Shaleem Amar, 33, of Sunningdale, was found in the van after it was stopped by police on the A30 in Sunningdale, Berkshire, on 17 November.

Four men have been charged with his murder and remanded in custody.

It has emerged Mr Amar failed to return from day release in May last year after serving nearly a year in prison.

The Prison Service has refused to reveal the nature of Mr Amar's conviction or the length of his sentence at HMP Standford Hill open prison in Kent.

Mr Amar's wife said in a statement: "My husband was a committed, private, family man, who would never risk the safety of his family.

"I will always remember his favourite words to me and my children, 'I love you more than life itself'.

"I cannot emphasise enough what a devoted husband, loving father, caring son and awesome brother Shaleem was.

"My husband was loved by all those who came to know him and will forever be remembered with the utmost respect and love."

A post-mortem examination showed Mr Amar died of head injuries.

Robert Johnston, 56; Tom Johnston, 24; Ben Johnston, 26, and Shaun Matthews, 55, all of Cambridgeshire, have all been charged with murder.

They will appear at Reading Crown Court on 1 March to enter pleas.

Thames Valley Police referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) after it was revealed Mr Amar was not discovered in the van for nearly 40 minutes after it was stopped.

But the watchdog said the actions of officers were reasonable in the circumstances.

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