Shaan Mir (left) appeared in court today charged with the murder of dad-of-two Matthew Tester (Picture: Instagram/PA)A man charged with murdering a father who died after he was allegedly run over outside a supermarket has appeared in court for the first time.
Shaan Mir, 26, appeared at Guildford Magistrates’ Court on Monday morning, where he was charged with the murder of 49-year-old Matthew Tester, known as Tik.
He was also charged with the attempted murder of another unnamed man, in his 40s, who was hit by the same vehicle and left with serious injuries.
It is alleged that a white BMW 1 Series drove at two men following an altercation in a public access road outside M&S in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, on Thursday afternoon.
Emergency services and officers rushed to the scene at around 2.15pm but Tik, a married dad-of-two, was pronounced dead.
Another man was airlifted to hospital but he is expected to recover.
Police said a BMW, suspected to be the vehicle involved in the incident, was found unoccupied around four miles away in Addlestone.
Mir, of Weybridge, today appeared at Guildford Crown Court for a preliminary hearing and was told he will return on July 27.
Mir is also charged with the attempted murder of another man, in his 40s, who was seriously injured after being hit by a car (Picture: Instagram)
The daughter of Mr Tester, known as Tik, said her dad taught her ‘how to live’ (Picture: PA)
The incident happened outside an M&S store in Walton-on-Thames (Picture: UKNIP)Dressed in a grey tracksuit top and bottoms, Mir spoke only to confirm his name and did not enter a plea, before he was remanded in custody.
The devastated family of Mr Tester, keen scooterist, described him as a ‘much-loved son, husband, father, brother, uncle and friend to so many.’
His daughter paid tribute to her father, saying: ‘Dad taught me how to live. Our favourite thing was just to laugh, because even in our darkest time we did it together.’
‘Those who knew him will talk of his humour, generosity, willingness to help and his cheeky grin,’ the family added in a statement released by Surrey Police.
‘This tragedy has absolutely rocked the family who have been devastated by Tik’s death.
‘The hurt and sadness we’ve felt over the past few days simply cannot be fully quantified and something no-one should ever experience.
Mir was remanded in custody after his court appearance (Picture: Instagram)
The incident happened in a public access road close to the supermarket (Picture: PA)‘The consequences and ripples of Tik’s death will have a lasting effect on so many lives. No mother should expect to outlive their son.’
The family said they have been ‘inundated’ with words of condolences and well wishes from friends across the country, which they described as ‘a testament to the love and affection people have for Tik and his family.’
‘This has been of great comfort,’ the family added.
‘Tik was a figure widely known and loved within the Scootering community, which have all been rocked by the news of their friend’s tragic death.
‘This affection has so far raised over £11k from nearly 500 donations from the scooterists worldwide in a GoFundMe, and £22k from the various Just Giving pages set up to help the family.’
Detective Chief Inspector David Springett, who is leading the investigation, said: ‘This is an extremely difficult time for Tik’s family and I would ask that their privacy is respected to allow them to grieve in peace.’
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