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Man in court over women's murders

An 18-year-old man has appeared in court accused of murdering two women who were found stabbed in a flat.

Kimberley Frank, 17, and Samantha Sykes, 18, were discovered at the flat in Barden Road in the Eastmoor area of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, on Saturday morning.

Ahmad Otak appeared at Wakefield Magistrates' Court on Tuesday morning charged with their murders.

Otak, of Linton Road, Wakefield, is also accused of the kidnap and false imprisonment of Miss Frank's sister, Elisa Frank, and possession of a large kitchen knife.

Otak appeared in the dock wearing a blue sweatshirt and flanked by two security guards.

He spoke only to confirm his address and date of birth during the brief hearing.

Reading out the details of the charges, the court clerk said: "You are charged with a total of five matters."

He told the court that Otak was charged with the murders of Kimberley and Miss Sykes at the flat in Barden Road on March 9.

The clerk continued: "Between 9 and 11 March of this year, at locations within the UK, it is alleged you assaulted and unlawfully imprisoned Elisa Frank and detained her against her will. Between 9 and 11 March this year, you unlawfully by force or fraud took or carried away Elisa Frank against her will."

The clerk said Otak was also charged with possessing "without good reason an article which had a blade, namely a large kitchen knife".

Magistrate Lynda Hammond told Otak he would be remanded in custody to appear before Leeds Crown Court by video-link on Wednesday.


From Belfast Telegraph