THE case of five men accused of murdering a shopkeeper who was beaten to death during a robbery at his Huddersfield store has been adjourned.
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.
Mr Singh, 63, died from head injuries after he was struck at least nine times with a weapon, believed to be a hammer, in the shop on Cowcliffe Hill Road on February 20.
Aslam, of Coniston Avenue, Dalton; Khalid, of Blackmoorfoot Road; Khan, of Calton Street, Hillhouse; Shafi, of Park Hill, Bradley; and Afzal, of Jacinth Court, Fartown, appeared at Leeds Crown Court today for a plea and case management hearing.
No pleas were taken and a trial is listed to start on September 1.
Police said Mr Singh came to the UK in 1963. He left a wife, two adult sons and a daughter. He celebrated his 63rd birthday the day before he died.
Last week Mr Singh's family reopened his store which had been closed for five months following his death.