River murder accused stays in cell again

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A man accused of murdering a convicted sex offender has refused to leave his cell for the third time to attend a court hearing.

David Mitchell, was expected to appear yesterday over a video link from HMP Leeds for a preliminary hearing at Leeds Crown Court but his lawyer Rob Casey told the judge his client had again declined to appear.

Mitchell, 46 of Manchester Road, Cowlersley, Huddersfield, is charged with murdering Robert Hind, 47, whose remains were found in the River Colne last month.

His case was mentioned in his absence before Huddersfield magistrates in December when he would not come out of his cell and the story was repeated when he was due to appear at the Crown court later in the month so that a bail application could be made if required, although none was made.

Recorder of Leeds Judge Peter Collier QC yesterday ordered Mitchell to be produced at court on February 26 for a plea and case management hearing.