Five in court on charges of murdering NRI shopkeeper

Five Asians have appeared in a British court accused of murdering an NRI shopkeeper who was beaten to death during a robbery at his store.

Last Updated: Jun 19, 2010, 22:53 PM IST

London: Five Asians have appeared in a
British court accused of murdering an NRI shopkeeper who was
beaten to death during a robbery at his store.

Umare Aslam, 20, Muawaz Khalid, 20, Shoaib Khan, 18,
Nabeel Shafi, 18 and Rehman Afzal, 18, are charged with the
murder and robbery of Huddersfield shopkeeper Gurmail Singh
who came here from India in 1963.

63-year-old Singh died from head injuries after he
was struck at least nine times with a weapon, believed to be a
hammer, in the shop in the Cowcliffe area of Huddersfield on
February 20.

Aslam, of Coniston Avenue, Dalton, Huddersfield,
Khalid, of Blackmoorfoot Road, Huddersfield, Khan, of Calton
Street, Hilhouse, Huddersfield, Shafi, of Park Hill, Bradley,
Huddersfield and afzal of jacinth Court, Fartown, Huddersfield
appeared at Bradford Crown court for a case management
hearing.

All five, who are in custody raised their hands as
their names were read to the court and sat in the dock with
four security guards.

The case was adjourned for a plea and case management
hearing at Leeds Crown court on July 19.

A preliminary trial date is listed for August 31, and
a trial is expected to last five weeks.

Earlier this year, an A-level (higher secondary)
student was handed a six-month detention and training order
after admitting robbing Singh two days before he was fatally
attacked.

The 17-year-old who cannot be named for legal
reasons, robbed Singh of cigarettes at his store on February
18.

Singh is survived by his wife, two adult sons and a
daughter. He had celebrated his 63rd birthday, the day before
he died.

PTI