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Watford Costco car park death: Two men deny murder

Arulchelvam Prasanna Image copyright South Beds News Agency
Image caption Arulchelvam "Nick" Prasanna died 11 days after being found unconscious

Two men have denied the murder of a shopkeeper who fell from a moving van in Hertfordshire.

Patrick O'Driscoll, 33, of Purkiss Road, Hertford, and James O' Driscoll, 45 of Hamlet Hill, Roydon, pleaded not guilty at St Albans Crown Court to the murder of Arulchelvam Prasanna, 34.

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Image caption Michael McInerney is wanted by police after failing to answer bail

He was found with head injuries at a Costco store car park in the town last May and died 11 days later.

The accused are due to stand trial in October.

Mr Prasanna, a father of one, was found by passers-by in the Hartspring Lane store car park.

He suffered a fractured skull and other injuries but died later at St Mary's Hospital in London.

The two defendants also pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to steal.

A third man arrested in connection with the case - Michael McInerney, 32, of no fixed address - is being sought by police after failing to answer bail.

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