A 14-year-old boy accused of murder has made his first appearance in crown court following the death of a Stockport restaurant owner.
The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Manchester Crown Court today over a video link.
As detailed on the Magistrates Court list, he is charged with murder; causing death by dangerous driving; causing death by driving a vehicle, namely a Mercedes C220; using a motor vehicle, namely a Mercedes C220, on a road without third party insurance; and driving a motor vehicle, namely a Mercedes C220, otherwise in accordance with a licence.
Mohammed Islam, known as Nowab Miah, died following an incident in Romiley on Friday (January 8).
Tributes have been paid to the 53-year-old, who owned the Marple Spice restaurant in Marple. He passed away in hospital on Sunday.
During the brief hearing in Crown Court, the boy, who wearing a black jacket, a face covering and blue gloves, spoke only to confirm his name.
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A timetable was set by the prosecutor Andrew Mackintosh and defence lawyer Simon Morton, and a provisional trial date was set for August 9, 2021.
“It’s likely that this trial will last for four weeks”, Mr Mackintosh said.
A plea and trial preparation hearing date was set for March 15.
Judge Patrick Field QC addressed the boy over the video link at the end of the hearing.
He said: “I suspect that you haven’t been able to follow everything that has been discussed during this hearing but what we have been doing this morning is setting a timetable for your trial and setting a timetable for the lawyers in this case because they have got a lot of work to do.
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“That is what has been going on in court and you have been watching us.
“What is important as far as you are concerned is August 9 which is the date that has been set for your trial.
“The other important date is March 15 as that is the date when the case is coming back to court.
“You can attend that hearing in exactly the same way as you have attended today.
“As from today you will remain in youth detention accomodation.”
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Detective Chief Inspector Liam Boden, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “As our investigation continues I would like to pay tribute to Mohammed’s family who have shown such admirable bravery and dignity this week during the most tragic of circumstances imaginable.
“They and the local community have responded stoically in the last few days and we are doing all we can to support Mohammed’s loved ones with specialist officers at this awful time.
“Our priority is to ensure they get the answers they are undoubtedly owed and we urge anyone with information or footage relating this incident to submit to our portal or to contact us via phone so we can ensure we ascertain the full details of this incident.”
Paying tribute to him, Mr Miah’s family said his death had left them ‘devastated beyond belief’ as they struggle to come to terms with the tragedy.
“Our family cannot begin to describe what losing our father has done to us. The fact he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and was taken from us so early leaves us devastated beyond belief,” they added.