TWO men and a youth have appeared in court charged in connection with the death of Mohammed Feazan Ayaz who it is alleged was murdered at Denholme.

Suleman Khan, 20, of Sandford Road, Bradford Moor, is charged with murdering Mr Ayaz between June 30 and July 1, 2019, at Unit 2, Denholme Business Centre in Halifax Road, Denholme.

Khan appeared in custody at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates Court yesterday.

He confirmed his name, date of birth and address to the court clerk.

Prosecutor Suzanne Paige asked the chairman of the Bench to remand Khan in custody to appear before the Recorder of Bradford, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC, at Bradford Crown Court on Wednesday.

Khan’s solicitor advocate, Fuad Arshad, did not make a bail application.

Khan was remanded in custody until Wednesday.

In a separate hearing at the magistrates court later in the morning, a man aged 19 and a 16-year-old youth were brought up from the cells to face an allegation of assisting an offender.

Shaoib Shafiq, of Gladstone Street, Bradford Moor, and the Bradford youth, who cannot be named because of his age, are jointly charged with participating in the movement of the body of Mohammed Feazan Ayaz from the Denholme Business Centre to Saffron Drive, Bradford, with intent to impede the apprehension or prosecution of others who had committed the offence of murder, knowing or believing others to be guilty of the offence or some other offences which carry a term of five years or more.

Mr Ayaz’s body was found in Saffron Drive just over a week ago.

Riyaz Shaikh and Tahir Ayub, solicitor advocates for Shafiq and the youth respectively, made bail applications that were refused.

Miss Paige told the court that in the interests of justice, all three defendants should be tried together at the crown court.

The teenagers’ cases were adjourned to tie in with Khan’s first appearance at the crown court.

Shafiq was remanded in custody and the youth was remanded into the care of the local authority. He must obey a 12-hour electronically-monitored curfew, report at Trafalgar House Police Station three times a week, surrender his passport and not apply for any travel documents.

Meanwhile, a 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody at this time, as does a 30-year-old man.

Two women aged 21 and 28, who have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, are also in custody.

A number of scenes have been in place across the district as enquiries continue into Mr Ayaz’s death.

Forensic officers spent several days last week at Denholme Business Centre.

Officers were also seen entering a property on Sandford Road, Bradford Moor, over the weekend.

A cordon was also blocking two properties on Tower Road, Hirst Wood, Shipley, earlier this week.

One resident said police arrived at around 4pm on Sunday and had been there all night.

“It’s very scary,” she said. “It’s worrying.”

Another described it as “unsettling”.

He said: “They [police] seemed to be waiting outside the property for somebody to come back.”

Another said: “It’s normally a very quiet road. It’s a nice area.

“It has always been really nice. I’ve no idea why or what’s happened.”

While another resident added: “I was out yesterday, I didn’t see any [police], until I came back later on in the afternoon, I just noticed there was police outside the house.”