Group to all stand trial for summer Scarboro’ murder

The crime scene following the killing of Mr Binns in August
The crime scene following the killing of Mr Binns in August

All four men charged over the killing of a Scarborough man will stand trial for his murder in the new year.

During a plea and case management hearing at Leeds Crown Court on Friday November 22, both David White and Kevin John Pickering denied murdering Jonathan Binns on August 7.

Judge Geoffrey Marson QC heard that two other defendants, Nicholas Polihronos and James Cousins, have also now been added to the murder charge.

Their defence counsel asked for the charge not to be put to them because they want time to consider the case.

The trial is listed to start on February 3 and is estimated to last four weeks.

Pickering, 30, of Royal Crescent, Scarborough, White, 34 of Queens Terrace, Scarborough, Polihronos, 31 of Stoney Haggs Rise, Seamer, Scarborough and Jim Cousins, 30 of Woodlands Place, Woodlands Street, Manchester were all further remanded in custody.

Paramedics were called to an address in Eastborough on August 7 and despite their efforts Mr Binns, 41, was pronounced dead at the scene.

In the days following his murder, the family of Mr Binns paid tribute to the him, stating his death has left a “huge hole” in their lives.

A family spokesperson said: “We loved him so very much and we cannot imagine our lives without him.

“We are devastated at the way he has been taken from us.”