Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Choudhry Zishan death: Brothers 'stopped by police'

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Two brothers accused of murdering a newsagent outside his family's shop in Hampshire were stopped by police just before the attack, a court heard.

Choudhry Zishan, 35, was assaulted in Eastleigh in the early hours of 30 March, while his pregnant wife and young son were in the flat above.

He died in hospital as a result of head injuries.

Jonathan McKinley, 22, of Chandler's Ford, and his brother Samuel, 25, of no fixed address, deny murder.

Winchester Crown Court heard how the pair had been stopped by police for their "hostile" behaviour at 04:10 BST, about 15 minutes before the attack.

Jurors were told the men spent the previous evening drinking in the Litten Tree pub and had also gone to a friend's house to pick up a bottle of vodka.

'Spoiling for a fight'

Andrew Langdon QC, prosecuting, said Samuel McKinley had previously been banned from the pub after being placed on a Pubwatch list but was able to stay because of confusion caused by the brothers' similar appearance.

Mr Langdon said, after leaving the pub, the men went to the home of their half-sister, Ellie McKay, with friends, where they carried on drinking until the early hours of Sunday.

He said: "Jon and Sam, both of them drunk, at times were intimidating towards people in this group - spoiling for a fight is the way one of the witnesses put it."

Jurors were shown CCTV footage, including of the moment the brothers met Mr Zishan as he walked to his car and another clip showing some of the attack in the distance.

Mr Langdon said Jonathan McKinley put his arm around Mr Zishan before the pair started to follow him down the High Street.

He said: "What happens next to Mr Zishan at the hands of the McKinley brothers is as bewildering as it is deeply shocking, as what may have begun as a robbery turns into gratuitous violence going beyond what was needed to steal from him."

The trial continues.

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