A MAN charged in connection with a drive-by shooting incident in Huddersfield earlier this year has been told his trial will take place in a fortnight's time.
Kevin David Wilson, 36, of Oakenbank Crescent, Lowerhouses, appeared before Judge John Potter at Bradford Crown Court yesterday for a pre-trial hearing.
He was charged following an alleged shooting incident in the Ruth Street area of Newsome on the afternoon of March 26.
Wilson, who is currently on bail with a condition that he lives at an address outside West Yorkshire, has denied an allegation of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and a further charge of affray.
Armed police had sealed off a street in Newsome after the drive-by shooting.
But their efforts to investigate the crime were hit minutes later when a blaze broke out in a building just yards from the scene.
Fire ripped through a former mill-owner’s home at the rear of Newsome Mills – the landmark building with the clock tower.
The mill frontage runs along Ruth Street, the scene of the shooting.
Eye-witnesses told how several police units arrived at the scene, some armed with guns.
They cordoned off Ruth Street at both ends, but then had to allow fire crews access to get to the mill building.
Police said at the time that it was thought a single gunshot was allegedly fired from a silver-coloured car.
Judge Potter was told that Wilson’s trial could last for up to six days.
The trial is listed to start on Tuesday, July 17 and Judge Potter extended Wilson’s conditional bail until that date.