Leeds man’s murder trial put back by three months

Bradford Crown Court
Bradford Crown Court

The trial of a Leeds man accused of murdering mum-of-two Jessica King has been put back three months after a judge agreed to the adjournment.

Jordan Thackray, 27, of East Grange View, Leeds, pleaded not guilty to murdering the 23-year-old Halifax woman when he appeared before a judge at Bradford Crown Court last month.

On Friday, the case was mentioned again before the Recorder of Bradford Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC.

Prosecutor Chloe Fairley explained to the judge that the police officer in the case and the instructed counsel for the prosecution and defence would not be available for the original trial date which had been fixed for February 12 next year.

The judge also heard that the trial was expected to involve expert witnesses and time was needed for various reports to be prepared and considered by counsel.

It is expected that the trial could last up to 10 days and the judge confirmed that the new date would be May 14 next year.

Thackray was arrested in Leeds after police were called to a property in Oxford Lane, Siddal, on Sunday, August 27.

Thackray, who was not at court for the hearing, is remanded in custody.