Accused: Shan Mir is on trial and denies one count of murder and one count of attempted murder after a fatal clash in a Marks & Spencer parking lot.
A standoff between two former lovers of a woman in a Marks and Spencer car park ended with the murder of a friend brought in for support, a jury was told today.
Prosecutors said Matthew Tester’s father, a father of two, accompanied his friend Stephen Butler to confront his ex-girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend, repeatedly run over and killed as the standoff escalated.
The second victim, Lee Waring, also fell and suffered serious injuries following the confrontation between Izzy Schumann’s ex-boyfriends.
The story of the murders in the Marks & Spencer parking lot was told to a jury at Guildford Crown Court as 27-year-old Shen Meir denied the charges of murder and attempted murder.
The court was told that Meyer was dating Schumann but the couple separated and the defendant believed that one of her ex-boyfriends, Stephen Butler, was responsible for the breakdown of his relationship.
Meyer arranged to meet with Mr. Butler at the Superstore Motors Park in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, to talk about his theory – but Mr. Butler decided to make sure his colleagues, Matthew Tester and Lee Waring, were there in case trouble should arise.
The jury heard that what happened next included a punch thrown at Meyer and he got into his car and drove straight to Mr. Tester and Mr. Waring, a father of two, killing the first who was known to his friends as “Teck”.
Mer flipped the car back over the men and shouted, “You’re not a cruel king now you are.”
Jurors were told he then drove in the car which he later got rid of while shaving his hair to change his appearance.
Attorney General Michael Evers said: “On 22 April this year, Meyer intentionally drove Mr. Tester and Mr. Waring’s car while they were away from his car. They had their backs away from him.
He was driving over and over against their bodies. When he finally got out of his car, Mr. Tester was dying, and Mr. Waring was injured.
Then Mir changed his appearance, changed his clothes, shaved his head, and got out of the car. He was interrogated later that day.
The first thing he told the police was that his car had been stolen. He said it repeatedly. The police asked him questions and he replied, “No comment.”
The jury was told that Father Matthew Tester (pictured) went to the meeting as a friend of Stephen Butler to support him but died of his injuries after being run over by Shan Meir repeatedly
Later before he was the driver. He couldn’t do anything other than accept it when he looked at the evidence.
He claimed that he was acting in self-defense when he was driving towards these two men – if you are attacked, you can use reasonable force to defend yourself.
“Obviously bumping into two people getting away from your car was not in self-defence,” Mr. Evers said.
The prosecutor told the court how Schumann, Meir’s then-girlfriend, wanted to take a break from the relationship from about November 2020 to April this year.
Schumann had known Stephen Butler for years, and said that she had a brief relationship with Mr. Butler before their relationship [her and Mir’s] Link.
Whatever the reason, it means that their relationship began to deteriorate and she wanted to take a break. On April 20 Meir removed some of his belongings from their home.
The confrontation took place in the M&S parking lot in Walton-on-Thames. Pictured: Police officers guarding the parking lot whether the accident occurred in April this year
Shortly thereafter, Meyer began sending letters to Butler and Mr. Butler’s girlfriend, which led to the men agreeing to meet in the Marks & Spencer car park.
The jury heard that the murder victim Mr. Tester and Mr. Waring were friends of Mr. Butler and the two friends were working on scaffolding erected nearby at the time of the accident.
Mr. Evers continued: “There was an argument between Meyer and Mr. Butler – the accused butler puncher. According to his account, Meyer fell to the ground and Butler turned away. Mr. Tester and Mr. Waring went to the Meir and said, “Just leave him. [Mr Butler] Alone, it has nothing to do with you.”
‘They got away,’ said Mr. Evers, ‘at which point he walked on the road.’
Judge Jonathan Black heard that Joshua Irvine, who was working on scaffolding nearby, was alerted to the accident by the sound of a fast engine.
Mr. Evers explained: “He heard an impact. Both were injured. People were screaming. He saw Meyer turn on Mr. Waring.”
A police officer was standing by a collar collar at the scene in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, in April
Mr. Butler put his hands on the side of the car and tried to get the bodies off the road. He managed to pull them behind some pillars.
Then Mir shouted from the car, “Look, you’re not a tough king now you are.”
He later texted Butler, saying he was ‘delighted to deal with everyone in a civil manner’.
The court heard that Mr. Waring was treated at the scene and taken to hospital, where he underwent several surgeries on his face and injured his chin and chest.
An autopsy confirmed that Mr. Tester was treated at the scene but died of a head injury.
The jury was shown a police camera video that revealed how Meir had claimed his car had been stolen, telling officers he was “baffled” by the arrest.
Meyer denies murder and attempted murder and the trial continues at Guildford Crown Court
He told the officers: My car was stolen and you are arresting me for murder? You are out of your head.
Once the officers were brought in for an interview, he refused to comment on any of the questions asked of him.
At the time of the attack, neighbors revealed that Tester, a motorcycle enthusiast, was a devoted family man to his two teenage daughters Maddie and Pippa.
The jury heard that before the showdown, Meyer texted Mr. Butler on Instagram, saying: “Hey, I just wanted to ask you why you thought it was OK to talk to my bird and tell her she broke your heart.
Something has been bothering me for a while. It’s just disrespectful. I think I’ll tell your girl tbh.
Meyer then sent a screenshot of the conversations between himself and Eze – which he interpreted as cheating – to Georgina Burt, Butler’s then partner. After that, Mr. Butler said, “You wanted to talk to me about this personally? You just ruined my life.”
Mr Butler told the court: “Some things in the letters could have come up differently and I wanted to speak to him to talk about this.
I deleted the message the night it (the attack) happened because I was confused and scared and thought I was going to get in trouble because of his punch.
The two (sic) were like father figures to me. They loved me like a son. They came with me to watch my back, just in case Mer arrives with a truck full of men. I didn’t know what I was going through.
Meyer, of Weybridge, Surrey, denies murder and attempted murder. The trial is continuing.