Murder victim’s son in court over shooting at Bradford car wash

Police officers at the scene of the shooting

Police officers at the scene of the shooting

First published in News

A man whose father was the victim of an horrific gang murder appeared in court yesterday in connection with a shooting at a Bradford car wash four years ago.

Teddy Simpson junior, 30, appeared at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates’ Court on an attempted murder charge.

The court heard Simpson was accused of attempting to murder Shaun Simpson, his cousin, in Sticker Lane, Bradford, on March 19, 2009.

The defendant, who gave his name to the court as Edward Simpson, and address as Sticker Lane, was remanded in custody to next appear at Bradford Crown Court.

The shooting incident took place on the forecourt of the Soap Stars car wash, in Sticker Lane, at about 9.30am.

The complainant, who was aged 21 at the time, has since made a full recovery.

Simpson was flanked by two security officers in the glass-sided secure dock for the five-minute hearing.

He clasped his hands and spoke clearly to confirm his name, address and date of birth.

Prosecutor Mark Steeples said it was an indictable only offence and asked the Bench to send the case to the crown court, under section 51 of the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act.

Mazar Khan, representing Simpson, said there was no application for bail.

Chairman of the Bench, Charles Davis, confirmed the case would be sent to Bradford Crown Court. He remanded Simpson in custody until his next appearance on January 23.

Detectives in the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team of West Yorkshire Police were in court for the short hearing.

* Simpson’s father, also called Teddy Simpson, was tortured and murdered in August 2007.

The 56-year-old grandfather and businessman was beaten and abducted from his home in Sticker Lane, Laisterdyke. His semi-naked body was found dumped in the grounds of a disused nursing home in Wyke.

Five men were convicted of his murder and conspiracy to rob.

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