Teens charged over Birstall man's murder

Teens charged over Birstall man's murder

TWO teenagers charged with the murder of a Birstall man will face a trial later this year. 

Kiyran Earnshaw, 18, of Field Lane in Batley, and a 15-year-old boy from Huddersfield who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Leeds Crown Court on Wednesday following the death of Robert Wilson. 

Mr Wilson, 53, died from multiple stab wounds after being attacked outside the Thornton and Ross factory in Linthwaite on Thursday night last week.

Both defendants are charged with murder and possessing an offensive weapon. 

Earnshaw is also charged with possession of a bladed article and a section 18 assault on John Badejo, 39, during the same incident.

The defendants appeared in court and spoke only to confirm their names, nationalities and dates of birth. 

No pleas were entered during the brief hearing, which was attended by relatives of Mr Wilson. 

He was described by his family as “a loving and committed husband and father” and he leaves behind a wife and two step-children.

A plea and trial preparation hearing was listed for court on April 3.

The trial itself, which would be expected to last between seven and 10 days, was provisionally listed for July 13. 

Neither defendant made an application for bail and both were remanded into custody. 

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