Two men yesterday appeared in court accused of murdering a father whose body was discovered in woods.
Trevor Isles, 48 of Highfield Green, Pudsey, and Dennis Wilson, 36, formerly of Fearnville Drive, Laisterdyke, Bradford, were remanded in custody during the two-minute hearing at Leeds Magistrates’ Court.
They will make their next court appearance at Leeds Crown Court tomorrow.
They are charged with the kidnap and murder of Colin Pierre, 31, whose body was discovered in woods near the junction of Gledhow Valley Road and Gledhow Lane, in Chapel Allerton, Leeds, shortly before 8am last Tuesday by pupils walking to Roundhay School.
The pair are also charged with the kidnap of a second man, Mark Smith, also on March 11.
Isles, wearing a blue top and jogging bottoms, and Wilson, in a green jumper and blue jeans, gave their names, addresses and dates of birth in court with Wilson also now saying he is from Highfield Green, Pudsey.
District Judge Roy Anderson told them they would appear at the Crown Court in two days’ time. “This court has no jurisdiction to consider bail even if were not to be applied for.”
Under current law murder cases must transfer to the crown court because magistrates have no power to consider bail.
Detectives are continuing to appeal for information to help them trace a third man, 31-year-old Anthony Micah Pyke, from Leeds, who is wanted in connection with the murder of Mr Pierre, who was known as Craig. He died from a single gunshot wound.
Members of the public have been warned not to approach Pyke.
Det Chief Insp Jim Dunkerley, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “We would like to speak to anyone who has information about Anthony Micah Pyke.
“He is described as black, about 5ft 8ins tall and has visible tattoos on his neck. He may have a braided or shaven hairstyle and has links to Leeds and Manchester.
“Anyone who sees him should not approach him and should contact police immediately on 999.”
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Mr Pyke should contact West Yorkshire Police via 101, quoting log number 217 of March 11, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.