THREE men have appeared in court charged with murder following the death of a Batley man.
Police were called to reports of a fire at a house on Brighton Street, Wakefield, at 6am on Friday and found 42-year-old Jonathan Dews (pictured) dead inside.
Scott Crutchley, 24, from Wakefield, Jordan Metcalfe, 24, of Pontefract and Nathan Redmond, 21, also of Wakefield, appeared before Leeds Crown Court on Wednesday.
The trio spoke only to confirm their names, dates of birth and nationalities. Charges were not put to any of the defendants. They will return to the court on October 7 for a plea hearing.
A provisional trial date was set for January 27 if any of the men plead not guilty. They were returned to custody in the meantime.
Officers are continuing to appeal for witnesses. Anybody who was in the area and heard any disturbance from the house or saw any suspicious behaviour should contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team (HMET) via 101 quoting Operation Plumson.