Two men were remanded in custody charged with the abduction and murder of a man whose body was found by school children in woodland in Leeds – as police continued to hunt another suspect.
Trevor Isles, 48, and Ian Dennis Wilson, 36, are accused of kidnapping and murdering 31-year-old Colin Pierre.
The body of Mr Pierre, who was from Gipton in Leeds, was discovered in Gledhow Valley Woods, near to the junction of Gledhow Valley Road and Gledhow Lane in Chapel Allerton, shortly after 8am last Tuesday.
He bled to death from a single gunshot wound in what is believed to have been a targeted attack in the early hours of the morning.
Teenagers who were walking to Roundhay School came across the body in a beck that runs through the woods.
The defendants appeared in the dock together at Leeds Magistrates’ Court yesterday, when it was also revealed that they face a further charge of kidnapping another man in the same incident.
During the two-minute hearing Isles and Wilson, who both gave their addresses as Highfield Green in Pudsey, spoke only to confirm their names.
Bearded Isles, who was wearing a blue sweater and blue jogging bottoms, and Wilson, who wore a sweater and jeans, were brought into the dock by three security guards. They were told the case would immediately be sent to Leeds Crown Court, where a further hearing will take place tomorrow.
District Judge Roy Anderson remanded the pair in custody until then.
Several friends and family of Mr Pierre were in court to witness proceedings yesterday. Detectives are continuing to appeal for information to help trace 31-year-old Anthony Micah Pyke, from Leeds, who is wanted in connection with the incident.
Members of the public have been warned not to approach Pyke, who is known to have links to Manchester as well as Leeds.
He is black, about 5ft 8ins tall and has tattoos on his neck. He may have a braided or shaven hair. Anyone who sees him should not approach him and should contact police immediately on 999.