Fa­ther and two sons are bru­tal ham­mer killers

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A MAN, his two sons and a friend who went on a bru­tal “mis­sion to mur­der” at a £3m lux­ury man­sion have all been jailed for life.

Robert John­ston first took the three men on a shop­ping ex­pe­di­tion where they bought a DIY “mur­der kit”, be­fore driv­ing for two hours in a builder’s van to carry out the tor­ture and killing of “a fam­ily friend”.

The fa­ther and his sons had all fallen out with busi­ness as­so­ci­ate Shaleem Amar, 33, who lived in a swanky home in Sun­ning­dale, Berks, from where he ran a high-earn­ing VAT scam.

Once at the sprawl­ing man­sion they cor­nered fa­ther-of-three Mr Amar in the kitchen and beat him with lump ham­mers they had just bought.

Still just alive, Mr Amar was put into a rub­ble sack which was then filled with sand and dumped in the back of their Mercedes Sprinter van.

While the van was still in the drive­way of the home, Mr Amar’s wife Sha­jiba ar­rived to visit her hus­band from the house she shared with the cou­ple’s three chil­dren.

The group told Mrs Amar that her hus­band had gone to the air­port to col­lect some­one. They then drove off but were later pulled over by sus­pi­cious po­lice of­fi­cers.

The day be­fore the vi­cious killing John­ston, 57, and 56-year-old Matthews had vis­ited a builders’ mer­chants where they bought the three ham­mers as well as four pairs of gloves, a wheel­bar­row, a shovel and sacks.

The mur­der plot and ex­e­cu­tion of Mr Amar was re­vealed at Read­ing Crown Court where, fol­low­ing a six-week trial, Robert John­ston – also known as Derek – his sons Tom, 25, and Ben, 27, and friend Shaun Matthews were con­victed of mur­der.

Judge Zoe Smith jailed all four men for life for the killing, or­der­ing that the fa­ther must serve at least 28 years.

Pass­ing sen­tence, she said: “You re­moved Mr Amar’s body from the house and had you not been stopped by the po­lice you doubtlessly would have buried him.”

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