AN A-LEVEL student has appeared in court charged with robbing shopkeeper Gurmail Singh – two days before he was killed.
The 17-year-old – who wept throughout the hearing – has been remanded in custody for a further eight days following the hearing at Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
He is charged with carrying out a robbery with another unknown person at Cowcliffe Convenience Stores on Thursday, February 18.
They are alleged to have got away with a quantity of cigarettes from the Cowcliffe Hill Road shop.
The shop was raided again on Saturday, February 20, when 63-year-old Mr Singh was attacked.
He died in the early hours of the following morning from serious head injuries inflicted with a weapon, probably a hammer.
The youth charged with the first robbery cannot be named for legal reasons.
Dressed in a T-shirt and jeans, he spoke only to confirm his name but sobbed repeatedly as he sat in the dock during yesterday’s 65-minute hearing.
He will appear at the magistrates’ court again next Tuesday.
Two 17-year-olds, one from Fartown and one from Sheepridge, were arrested on suspicion of murder and robbery this weekend. The latter has been released pending enquiries, while the former remains in custody.
A 20-year-old man from Crosland Moor also remains in custody.
Two youths, aged 17 and 18, who were arrested last week have been released without charge.
A further 17-year-old from Bradley was arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday morning.