Murder accused appears in court over death of Leeds student

Billy Jacob Mankelow.
Billy Jacob Mankelow.
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A MAN accused of murdering a student in Leeds has accepted causing his death.

Richard Danter, 31, appeared before Leeds Crown Court yesterday over the death of Billy Mankelow.

Mr Mankelow, 20, was found with serious head injuries at 3.20am on Saturday April 25 under the railway arches at Swinegate, near Leeds City Station.

Danter, of no fixed address, appeared in court via a video link from Armley jail for the brief preliminary hearing.

He spoke only to confirm his name. No pleas were entered. Danter’s barrister Jason Pitter, QC, said there would be no issue as to whether it was Danter who had caused Mr Mankelow’s death. Mr Pitter, QC, asked for the case to be adjourned to allow for reports to be prepared and further enquiries to take place before the next hearing.

Danter is expected to be returned to the court on August 4 for a plea and case management hearing. A provisional trial date has been set to begin on October 26 and is expected to last seven days. The Recorder of Leeds, judge Peter Collier, QC, told Danter he would be returned to prison until the next hearing. He said: “You will be remanded in custody until then. I do not foresee circumstances where you might be granted bail.”

Mr Mankelow, from Kent, died a day after he was found with serious head injuries. He was studying social sciences at the University of Leeds.

The former Starbucks employee tweeted of his excitement at being accepted into university last year. A statement released by his family said: “We are devastated by the tragic loss of our loving son Billy and are now asking for privacy at this heartbreaking time to allow our family to grieve.”