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Four in court over Huddersfield shopkeeper's death

Gurmail Singh
Gurmail Singh celebrated his 63rd birthday the day before the attack

A man and three teenagers have appeared in court charged with murdering a Huddersfield shopkeeper who was attacked during a robbery at his store.

Muawaz Khalid, 20, of Blackmoorfoot Road, Huddersfield, and three 17-year-old boys are accused of the murder and robbery of Gurmail Singh, 63.

Mr Singh was attacked with a weapon at the shop in Cowcliffe on 20 February.

The defendants were remanded in custody by Huddersfield magistrates to appear at Bradford Crown Court on Monday.

There was no application for bail.

Mr Singh suffered serious head injuries in the attack and died in hospital the next morning.

On Tuesday, a 17-year-old boy appeared in court accused of robbing Mr Singh's store two days before the fatal attack.

He was remanded in custody.

Another 17-year-old boy arrested on 27 February on suspicion of murder and robbery was released on bail pending further inquiries.

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