Leeds & West Yorkshire

Gavin Clarke death: Two in court charged with murder

Gavin Clarke
Image caption Gavin Clarke was shot in the face in Chapeltown, Leeds

Two men have appeared in court charged with murder after the death of a man who was shot in the face in Leeds.

Gavin Clarke, 34, had been under armed guard in hospital with serious facial injuries but died on Friday. He had been shot on Monday 8 August.

Sohail Mahmood, 28, appeared before Leeds Magistrates' Court and Afzal Arif, 23, appeared at Leeds Crown Court on Wednesday.

They are both due to appear before the city's crown court on 23 August.

Mr Arif, of Elford Grove, and Mr Mahmood, of Saville Road, were remanded in custody.

Three men, aged 27, 31 and 38, and a woman, aged 22, have been charged with assisting an offender and appeared at the city's crown court on Wednesday.

Saeed Hussein, Shahid Hussein and Sajjad Hussein, all of Harrogate Road, Alwoodley, were remanded in custody.

Ruqiah Begum, of Farm Hill Rise, was released on bail.

All four are due to appear at Leeds Crown Court on 23 August.

On Wednesday, detectives charged a fifth man with assisting an offender.

The 23-year-old is due to appear before Leeds Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

'Great ambassador'

The family of Mr Clarke issued a statement which read: "Gavin was a loving, family centred person; his family meant the world to him.

"The whole community has been very supportive demonstrating that they too have been affected by the event.

"We would like to thank each and everyone for all their help and support.

"This event has created a great void in our lives; it has denied Gavin of many years with his fiance, children, mother and family.

"It has also robbed the community of a great ambassador."

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