A 19-YEAR-OLD man has made his first appearance at Bradford Crown Court accused of a double murder in Halifax. 

Rashane Douglas, of Jade Place, Huddersfield, is charged with murdering Joshua Clark and Haidar Shah in the town’s Commercial Street at around 3.48am on Sunday.  

He also faces allegations of attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon. 

Mr Clark, aged 21, and Mr Shah, aged 19, died in hospital after the police were called to reports of three men being assaulted. The third man received treatment for an injury that was not life-threatening.  

This afternoon, Douglas appeared before the court on a video link to HMP Doncaster where he is remanded. 

Heather Gilmore, for the prosecution, said he had been charged with two offences of murder, an attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon.  

She said the police team were working extremely hard to gather the evidence and CCTV of the incident was in the hands of the investigating officers. 

Judge Jonathan Rose fixed a plea and trial preparation hearing for November 2 when he aims to list the case for trial. 

He urged the Crown to provide the CCTV material to the defence team as soon as possible. He made an order for provisional service by October 26. 

Douglas was not arraigned on any of the charges at the 10-minute hearing. 

The defence team did not seek at this stage to make an application for bail, Judge Rose was informed. 

He said Douglas must remain in custody until the next hearing. 

He ordered that the defendant must be produced in court on November 2.