A FIFTH man accused of murdering West Yorkshire shopkeeper Gurmail Singh has made his first appearance before a crown court judge.
Umare Aslam was accused last week of killing the Cowcliffe shopkeeper on February 20.
The 20 year-old, of Coniston Avenue, Dalton, is also charged with robbery at the shop on the same day.
Aslam appeared before Bradford Crown Court yesterday for a preliminary hearing before the Honorary Recorder of Bradford Judge James Stewart QC.
Four others have already been charged with murdering Mr Singh, who was found in a pool of blood after allegedly being hit at least nine times with a weapon, probably a hammer, at the Cowcliffe Convenience Stores on Cowcliffe Hill Road.
Muawaz Khalid, 20, of Blackmoorfoot Road, Crosland Moor, and three 17-year-olds who cannot be named for legal reasons, are being held in custody.
Aslam was told his case would be linked to the four other defendants who are due to appear for a plea and case management hearing on June 18.
A provisional trial date is set for August 31.
Aslam was remanded back into custody.
Another 17-year-old has admitted robbing Mr Singh at his store two days before his death.
The A-level student will be sentenced for that offence later this month.