FOUR people charged in connection with the murder of a 20-year-old Mirfield man appeared together before a court for the first time yesterday.
Joe Church, 21, of Redlands Close, Mirfield, Arron Smith, 18, of Savile Street, Emley, and Nadeem Rashid, 21, of Lapwing View, Horbury Bridge, are all jointly charged with the murder of Josh Hirst.
Kirstie Rainford, 22, of Springbank Drive, Liversedge, has been charged with two counts of assisting an offender by providing clothes and credit cards. Rainford, dressed in a green hooded top and black trousers, was tearful throughout the brief hearing at Leeds Crown Court.
She appeared in the dock alongside Church and Rashid, who were both brought in from custody.
Smith appeared via a video link from Doncaster young offenders’ institution.
Rainford sat behind the other two defendants, flanked by security officers.
All the accused spoke only to confirm their names.
Mr Hirst suffered fatal stab wounds when he was attacked in Grove Street, a small cul-de-sac behind Hepworth Lane in Mirfield, at 11pm on August 3. He later died in hospital.
The judge, the Recorder of Leeds Peter Collier QC, said the trial would take four-five weeks and a date was set for January 14 next year.
The judge remanded Church, Smith and Rashid back into custody.
Rainford’s conditional bail was extended, though one of the conditions was changed.
She had previously been bailed to a relative’s address in Dewsbury but it was agreed she should now stay with another family member in Liversedge.
Rainford is banned from talking to witnesses or her co-accused, cannot enter Mirfield and must report to Dewsbury Police Station three times a week.
The judge warned her: “If you break any of these conditions you could be sent to prison even if you are acquitted in the trial.”
The case was adjourned for a plea and case management hearing on November 16.