Showdown between wife’s ex-lovers in Marks and Spencer parking lot ended in murder

Suspect: Shaan Mir on trial, denies one count of murder and one count of attempted murder after fatal collision in M&S parking garage

A showdown between a woman’s ex-lovers in a parking lot at Marks and Spencer ended in the murder of a friend brought in for support, a jury heard yesterday.

Matthew Tester, the father of two, accompanied his friend Steven Butler to confront an ex-girlfriend’s former lover and was repeatedly run over by a car and killed as the confrontation escalated, prosecutors say.

A second victim, Lee Waring, was also knocked down and seriously injured after a confrontation between two ex-boyfriends who had both dated a woman named Ize Schoeman.

The incident, which took place in an M&S car park in Walton-on-Thames earlier this year, was described by prosecutors to a Guildford Crown Court jury, where 27-year-old Shaan Mir denied charges of murder and attempted murder.

The court was told that Mir was in a relationship with Ms. Schoeman, but the couple broke up and the defendant believed that one of her previous boyfriends, Steven Butler, was responsible for the breakdown of his relationship.

Mir arranged to meet Mr. Butler in the supermarket’s parking lot to discuss his theory, but Mr. Butler decided to ensure that colleagues, Matthew Tester and Lee Waring, were present in case of any problems.

Prosecutors say Mir was beaten, who then decided to get into his car and drive straight into the father of two, Mr Tester and Mr Waring, killing the former, who was known by friends as “Tik”.

Judges heard Mir backing the car over the men and yelling ‘you’re not so f***ing hard now you are’, before he drove off, later got rid of his car and shaved his hair to change his appearance.

Prosecutor Michael Ivers said: “On April 22 of this year, Mir deliberately ran into Mr Tester and Mr Waring as they were running away from his car. They stood with their backs to him.

“He drove repeatedly and turned backwards over their bodies. When he finally drove off, Mr. Tester was dying and Mr. Waring was injured.

‘Mir then changed his appearance – he changed his clothes, shaved his head and even got rid of the car. He was interrogated later that day.

“The first thing he said to the police was that his car had been stolen. He said that repeatedly. The police asked him questions and replied “no comment”.

The jury was told that father Matthew Tester (pictured) went to the meeting as a friend of Steven Butler's to assist him, but died of his injuries after being repeatedly run over by Shaan Mir

The jury was told that father Matthew Tester (pictured) went to the meeting as a friend of Steven Butler’s to assist him, but died of his injuries after being repeatedly run over by Shaan Mir

Pictured: Mr. Tester, or Tik as he was affectionately known, was an avid scooter fan

Pictured: Mr. Tester, or Tik as he was affectionately known, was an avid scooter fan

“Later he admitted he was the driver. He could do nothing but accept that when he looked at the evidence.

“He claimed he was acting in self-defense when he hit those two men – if you are attacked, you can use reasonable force to defend yourself.

“Running into two people running away from your car was clearly not self-defense,” said Mr. Ivers.

The prosecutor told the court how Mir’s then-girlfriend, Ms. Schoeman, wanted to take a break from the relationship from around November 2020 to April this year.

“Mrs. Schoeman had known Steven Butler for years and said she had a brief relationship with Mr. Butler prior to their… [her and Mir’s] relation.

Whatever the reason, it meant their relationship was starting to deteriorate and she wanted to take a break. On April 20, Mir took some of his belongings from their house.’

Mir (pictured) denies murder and attempted murder and faces trial at Guildford Crown Court

Mir (pictured) denies murder and attempted murder and faces trial at Guildford Crown Court

The confrontation took place in the parking lot of an M&S in Walton-on-Thames.  Pictured: Police officers guarding the parking lot site as to whether the incident happened in April this year

The confrontation took place in the parking lot of an M&S in Walton-on-Thames. Pictured: Police officers guarding the parking lot site as to whether the incident happened in April this year

Soon after, Mir began messaging Mr. Butler and Mr. Butler’s girlfriend, leading to the men meeting in the Marks and Spencer parking lot.

The jury heard that the murder victim, Mr. Tester and Mr. Waring, were both friends of Mr. Butler, and that the two friends were working nearby on scaffolding at the time of the incident.

Mr Ivers continued: ‘There was an altercation between Mir and Mr Butler – Mr Butler hit the defendant. Mir fell to the ground and Mr. Butler walked away, according to his report. Mr. Tester and Mr. Waring went to Mir and said “just leave him” [Mr Butler] only, it has nothing to do with you”.

“They ran away, and then he drove on,” said Mr. Ivers.

Judge Jonathan Black heard that Joshua Irvin, who was working on the nearby jetty, was alerted to the incident by the sound of a running engine.

Mr Ivers explains: ‘He heard a bang. They were both injured. People were screaming. He saw Mir backing up over Mr. Waring.

A police officer stood next to a cordon at the crime scene in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey in April

A police officer stood next to a cordon at the crime scene in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey in April

“Mr. Butler had his hands on the side of the car and tried to pull the bodies aside. He managed to pull them behind a number of posts.

Mir then yelled from the car: “Look, you’re not that f**king hard now you are”.

“Later, he texted Butler saying ‘glad everything could be handled in a civilized manner.'”

The court heard that Mr Waring was treated at the scene and taken to hospital where he had undergone multiple surgeries on his face, one wound to his chin and another to his chest.

Mr Tester was treated at the scene but died of a head injury, a post-mortem examination confirmed.

The jury was shown a video from the police camera that revealed how Mir claimed his car had been stolen, and told the officers that he was “stunned” by the arrest.

Mir denies murder and attempted murder and trial continues at Guildford Crown Court

Mir denies murder and attempted murder and trial continues at Guildford Crown Court

He said to the officers, ‘My car has been stolen and you’re arresting me for murder? You are mad at your head.’

Once admitted to be interviewed by officers, he declined to comment on the questions put to him.

At the time of the attack, neighbors revealed that Mr. Tester, an avid scooter enthusiast, was a family man devoted to his two teenage daughters, Maddy and Pippa.

The jury heard Mir messaged Mr. Butler on Instagram before the showdown: “Hi, I just wanted to ask you why you think it was okay to talk to my bird and tell her she broke your heart.

“Something that has been bothering me for a while. It’s just a lack of respect. Guess I’ll tell your girl tbh.’

Mir then sent a screenshot of conversations between himself and Ize – which he interpreted as cheating – to Georgina Bert, Mr Butler’s then-partner. After this, Mr. Butler said, ‘Would you like to talk to me personally about this? You just ruined my life.’

Mr Butler told the court: ‘Some things on messages can come across differently and I wanted to talk to him to talk this through.

“I deleted the message the night it (the attack) happened because I was confused and scared and I thought I would be in trouble if I hit him.

“Those two (sic) were like father figures to me. They loved me like a son. They came with me to keep an eye on me, in case Mir showed up with a van full of guys. I didn’t know what I was running into.’

Mir, from Weybridge, Surrey, denies murder and attempted murder. The process continues.

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