Halifax pair appear in court again

Bradford Crown Court
Bradford Crown Court

A man and woman from Halifax who were charged in connection with the death of Bradford schoolboy have made a further appearance before a crown court judge.

Sara Hughes, 21, has already pleaded guilty to doing acts tending or intended to pervert the course of justice following the fatal collision which claimed the life of 12-year-old Bilal Khizar and this morning she appeared in the dock at Bradford Crown Court alongside her co-accused Zain Khan.

Khan, also 21, faces allegations of causing death by dangerous driving, perverting the course of justice and motoring offences after the Bradford Academy pupil was knocked down and killed as he crossed Rooley Lane, Bradford, with his scooter in October.

Hughes’ guilty plea relates to false claims that the Seat car involved in the collision had been stolen and that she and her co-accused were not in the vehicle.

The two defendants, whose addresses cannot be revealed for legal reasons, both appeared in custody today and there were no applications for bail.

It had been expected that a plea and case management hearing for Khan would take place on January 3, but after an application from his barrister Nicholas De La Poer Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC agreed to put that hearing back until January 8.

Khan’s trial is due to start on February 4.