Leeds United footballer Mallik Wilks due in court to face charges linked to West Indian Carnival stabbing

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Leeds United footballer Mallik Wilks is due to make his first Crown court appearance today to face charges linked to a stabbing at the city's West Indian Carnival.

Wilks, 19, is expected to appear before Leeds Crown Court at 2pm for a plea hearing in relation to the incident in August last year.

The teenager appeared before Leeds Magistrates Court on October 24, where he entered not guilty pleas to a charge of violent disorder and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
On that occasion, prosecutor Maggie Cavanagh said the assault charge arises out of the "carnival in Chapeltown" in which a man sustained "quite serious injuries".

Ms Cavanagh said the violent disorder was linked to the same incident which involved "group violence" and the use of weapons.

She added: "There were serious injuries caused."

Wilks pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Outlining the violent disorder offence, the court clerk said it is alleged that, at Chapeltown Road, on August 28, 2017, Wilks "used or threatened unlawful violence and...as such would cause a person of reasonable firmness to fear for his or her safety."

The assault occasioning actual bodily harm offence is alleged to have taken place on the same date.

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The case was committed to Leeds Crown Court because of the serious nature of the charges.

The court heard CCTV footage is to be used as evidence in the case.

Wilks, of Austhorpe Lane, Leeds, was granted unconditional bail.

The teenager made his debut for Leeds United against Sutton United in the FA Cup on January 27, 2017.

He is currently with Doncaster Rovers on a six-month loan period, ending in January.

Leeds United issued a statement after the magistrates court appearance, saying: “Leeds United are aware of the criminal charges received by Mallik Wilks following an incident which occurred in August 2017.

“Mallik has vehemently and consistently maintained his innocence and has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

“The club will monitor the progress of the case before making further comment. “

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