Murder accused kept in jail

THE TWO men accused of murdering Dewsbury man Jonathan Binns will remain in custody until a pre-trial preparation hearing on September 4.

Khaleem Harris, of North Road in Ravensthorpe, and Jalean Herlt, of Derwent Road in Dewsbury, appeared at Leeds Crown Court last Thursday and made no plea.

Judge Peter Collier QC remanded them both in custody and said that the next hearing will be at Bradford Crown Court, where they will likely be asked to enter a plea.

The court heard that a further seven locals had been charged with violent disorder in connection with the same incident on Friday, February 17, when Mr Binns was knocked down and killed by a vehicle.

The seven men are due to appear before magistrates in early September, and Judge Collier was told that proceedings could last up to seven weeks if their cases are to be joined with Herlt and Harris in one trial.

He said it was unlikely that this sort of trial could be heard this year, but that arrangements could be made to start it before the pair’s custody time limits expire in January.

‘Friend’ on remand

A DEWSBURY woman accused of attempting to kill her friend has appeared in court.

Shaunna Littlewood, of Gladstone Court, is alleged to have stabbed Sarah Holden 17 times after police found her lying on a bed with serious wounds in Littlewood’s flat .

The 25-year-old appeared at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday via a video link, where she made no indication of plea and was again remanded in custody. A trial date has not yet been fixed.

Miss Holden was found at Littlewood’s home on Sunday, July 9 at around 4.30am with severe stab wounds, including one that had pierced the lining of her heart. 

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