Two men charged in connection with the killing of a young father, who died following an incident at Costco in Bushey, have pleaded not guilty.

Patrick O’Driscoll and James O’ Driscoll were charged in March, ten months after Prasanna ‘Nick’ Arulchelvam, 34, was discovered in the car park of the outlet store, in Hartspring Lane, with fractured skull and other injuries.

The father-of-one, who lived in Watford, passed away from his injuries weeks later at St Mary’s Hospital, in London.

Patrick O’Driscoll, 33, of Purkiss Road, Hertford, James O’Driscoll, 45 of Hamlet Hill, Roydon, both pleaded not guilty to murder this morning at St Albans Crown Court.

They appeared via video link from Bedford prison, where they have been since their arrest.

The pair, who both wore checkered shirts and looked solemn throughout, also pleaded not guilty to two counts of conspiracy to steal on May 25 and May 26.

Hertfordshire Constabulary said they were still hunting for a third man in connection with the case. Michael McInerney, 32, has been missing since March.

The O’Driscolls will face trial, which is expected to last three weeks, at St Albans Crown Court on Monday, October 13.

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