Pair to stand trial next year over murder

Two men have been handed a trial date, over allegations that they killed a man in Eastborough
Two men have been handed a trial date, over allegations that they killed a man in Eastborough
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A date has been set for the trial of two men accused of killing a Scarborough man.

Both Kevin Pickering and David White have both been charged with the murder of 41-year-old Jonathan Binns, and their trial is scheduled to start on February 3 next year.

The date was set at a preliminary hearing at Leeds Crown Court on Thursday August 2, and the case will be overheard by Mr Justice Coulson.

Pickering, 29, of Royal Crescent, appeared in court at the hearing, while 34-year-old White, of Queens Terrace was not produced from prison.

They are jointly accused of killing Mr Binns at an address in Eastborough, just before midnight on August 7.

The pair are also accused of conspiracy to rob along with two other defendants, Nicholas Polihronos, 30 of Stoney Haggs Rise, Seamer, and 30-year-old Manchester man Jim Cousins.

Polihronos also faces a further charge of assisting an offender.

Remanding them further in custody the Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC, told the three in court: “I have set the timetable now in this case. I anticipate the next hearing at the crown court will be on November 22 for a plea and case management hearing.”

He said by the week before that hearing the accused must, with the help of their legal advisors, prepare a defence case statement detailing their defence.