Trial to be held over Leeds nightclub shooting

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Two men have appeared in court charged with attempted murder over an incident outside a Leeds night club in which a man was shot.

Kemar Ricketts, 29, of no fixed address, and Seion Allen, also of no fixed address, appeared before Leeds Crown Court yesterday over the alleged attack outside Nitetrax, in Chapeltown.

Ricketts entered a not guilty plea to the attempted murder of Jason Bailey on August 29 last year. Ricketts also pleaded not guilty to wounding another man with intent on the same date.

Allen did not enter pleas to any charges.

Allen’s barrister, Kate Batty, told the court that some prosecution documents in the case had not yet been made available to his defence counsel.

Miss Batty said Allen had not yet had to opportunity to have a conference with his lawyers in relation to other evidence in the case.

Allen’s plea and trial preparation hearing was adjourned until a later date.

Both men appeared on screen via video links from Armley jail, in Leeds, and Hull prison.

A provisional trial date was set for November 6 this year.

The trial is expected to last up to ten days.

Both men were told they will remain in custody until they next appear before the court.

During the incident at Nitetrax, around 12.55am on August 29 last year, on the weekend of the Leeds West Indian Carnival, 42-year-old Mr Bailey was shot.

At a magistrates court hearing last month, prosecutor Alison Head said that a sawn-off shotgun, knife and a machete were used.

She said: “It was a very serious incident with three suspects attacking against an individual.

“The victim in this case suffered serious injuries for which he remains under the care of the hospital.”

He had to undergo plastic surgery and it was only the victim’s muscular build that saved his life, the prosecutor said.

Magistrate Margot Conyers told the defendants that the case was too serious to be heard in that court so it had to be dealt with at Leeds Crown Court.

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