A FIFTH man has appeared in court charged with murdering Gurmail Singh.
Umare Aslam was brought before Huddersfield magistrates yesterday morning accused of killing the Cowcliffe shopkeeper on February 20.
The 20 year-old, of Coniston Avenue in Dalton, is also charged with robbery at the shop on the same day.
About 20 family and friends of Mr Singh sat silently in court for the proceedings.
Aslam, wearing a grey sweater and jeans, spoke only to confirm his name during the five-minute hearing.
Magistrates heard there could be no application for bail at this stage in the proceedings.
The defendant, who had been flanked by two security guards as he sat in the dock, was remanded in custody to appear at Bradford Crown Court on Monday.
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 Cowcliffe Convenience Stores on Cowcliffe Hill Road.
He died from head injuries in the early hours of February 21.
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.
Their plea and case management hearing has been fixed for June 18 and a provisional trial date set for August 31.
The five men are alleged to have escaped with cigarettes, money and confectionery after attacking Mr Singh.
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.