Majestyk fire accused to face trial in March

The former Majestyk nightclub in City Square, Leeds.
The former Majestyk nightclub in City Square, Leeds.
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The man accused of starting a fire which caused extensive damage to one of Leeds’s most prominant landmarks will face trial in the Spring.

Stuart Jefferson will appear at Leeds Crown on March 30 accused of arson in relation to the blaze at the Majestyk nightclub last year.

Jefferson, 32, of Broadlee Street, Leeds, denies starting the blaze.

He previously denied starting the fire at the former Majestyk nightclub when he appeared before Leeds Magistrates’ Court on October 2.

The blaze at the Grade II-listed building in City Square broke out on 30 September.

Mr Jefferson was further remanded in custody and will next appear at the city’s crown court for a hearing on 16 January, a court official said.

The fire caused extensive traffic chaos in the city, with much of the area around City Square sealed off while firecrews tackled the blaze.

The damage caused by the blaze was so extensive that the owners are having to remove the roof of the building while they carry out work to begin restoring the building.

The Majestic is owned by Leeds based property company Rushbondm whose director Mark Finch, has pledged to restore the building and give it a new lease of life for the future.