Man faces June trial for murder of his neighbour

A MAN charged with murder will go on trial next year after entering ‘no plea’ at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday. 

Craig Midgely, 39, is charged with the murder of Stephen Freeman, 54, at a property on Moorside End, Dewsbury Moor. 

Midgely, also of Moorside End, will next appear in court on January 6 at a Plea and Trial Preparation Hearing (PTPH), where he will be expected to enter a plea. 

Leeds Crown Court confirmed a trial date of June 3 has also been set and that Midgely has been remanded in custody until his PTPH hearing. 

Emergency services were called to a property on Moorside End at around 2pm on Thursday, December 7, where they found Mr Freeman had suffered serious injuries. 

He was pronounced dead at the scene and officers believe he was seriously assaulted before his death. 

Four men were taken into custody for questioning and Midgely was subsequently charged with murder on Sunday. 

Three other men have been released, with no further action expected. 

Enquiries are continuing and police have appealed for anyone who may have information to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team on 101, referencing crime number 13190623766. 

Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555111.

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