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Robber accused of Pinner shopkeeper murder appears in court

 Published on: 10th April 2019   |   By: News Desk   |   Category: Uncategorized

An alleged robber accused of murdering a shopkeeper during a three-week crime spree has been remanded in custody.

Alex Gunn, 31, is said to have stabbed 54-year-old Ravi Katharkamar to death during a robbery as he opened the Marsh Food and Wine in Pinner, northwest London, on March 24.

Mr Katharkamar, a father-of-two, was found collapsed inside the shop he co-owned suffering from knife injuries and police were called at around 6am that morning.

Despite the efforts of paramedics, he was pronounced dead at the scene less than an hour later.

Gunn, of no fixed address, appeared at the Old Bailey yesterday via video link from HMP Wormwood Scrubs charged with murder, robbery, burglary, possessing a bladed article and theft of a motor vehicle.

William Emlyn Jones, prosecuting, told the court the offending amounted to ‘something of a crime spree committed between March 5 and 29’.

The Common Serjeant of London, Judge Richard Marks QC, remanded Gunn in custody ahead of a plea and trial preparation hearing at the same court on June 25

His trial, estimated to last three weeks, was fixed for September 16

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