Two charged after death of London shopkeeper pushed under truck

Sunday 20 October 2013 22.40
Police outside east London shop where owner Shammi Atwal was thrown under a passing lorry and killed after a robbery
Police outside east London shop where owner Shammi Atwal was thrown under a passing lorry and killed after a robbery

Two men have been charged with the manslaughter of a father-of-two who was killed by a moving lorry after chasing robbers from his cash-and-carry store in London.

Shammi Atwal confronted gang members armed with metal bars and a sledgehammer.

He defended his wife during a robbery at their business in Barking, east London.

Vidmantas Gonskoves, 26, of Grange Road in West Ham, east London, and Aurimas Diliunas, 27, of Rosslyn Road, Barking, will appear at Redbridge Magistrates' Court tomorrow accused of manslaughter and robbery.

Mr Atwal, from Chigwell in Essex , believed to have been in his 40s, and his 37-year-old widow tried to fight back as they were being robbed on Monday.

Following an altercation, up to 10 suspects ran from the cash and carry and were chased by the victim.

Police believe he was pushed in front of a lorry and despite efforts to save his life, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The lorry driver who stopped was not arrested.

A post-mortem examination took place on Wednesday at Queen's Hospital in Romford, east London, and investigators are awaiting further toxicology results to the determine the exact cause of death.