A 14-year-old boy has appeared in court charged with murder following the death of a Stockport restaurant owner.
The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in the dock at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (January 13).
As detailed on the court list, he is charged with murder; causing death by dangerous driving; causing death by driving a vehicle, namely a Mercedes C220; using a motor vehicle, namely a Mercedes C220, on a road without third party insurance; and driving a motor vehicle, namely a Mercedes C220, otherwise in accordance with a licence.
The boy spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth.
No pleas were entered during the short hearing.
The boy, who was wearing a dark grey hoodie and tracksuit bottoms, sat in the dock with his arms folded.
His parents attended court for the hearing.
His dad appeared to mouth ‘I love you’ to the boy as he left the dock.
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The teenager will next appear at Manchester Crown Court tomorrow (January 14).
He was remanded into secure accommodation until then.
Addressing the boy, District Judge Mark Hadfield said: “You face a number of charges.
“The first charge being an allegation of murder that can only be dealt with in the Crown Court and the other charges are related to that charge.
“You will appear next at Crown Square tomorrow morning.”
Mohammed Islam, known as Nowab Miah, died following an incident in Romiley on Friday (January 8).
Tributes have been paid to the 53-year-old, who owned the Marple Spice restaurant in Marple.
He passed away in hospital on Sunday.
In a statement issued yesterday (Tuesday), Detective Chief Inspector Liam Boden, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “As our investigation continues I would like to pay tribute to Mohammed’s family who have shown such admirable bravery and dignity this week during the most tragic of circumstances imaginable.
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“They and the local community have responded stoically in the last few days and we are doing all we can to support Mohammed’s loved ones with specialist officers at this awful time.
“Our priority is to ensure they get the answers they are undoubtedly owed and we urge anyone with information or footage relating this incident to submit to our portal or to contact us via phone so we can ensure we ascertain the full details of this incident.”
Paying tribute to him, Mr Miah’s family said his death had left them ‘devastated beyond belief’ as they struggle to come to terms with the tragedy.
“Our family cannot begin to describe what losing our father has done to us. The fact he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and was taken from us so early leaves us devastated beyond belief,” they said.
“Dad was everything you could ask for in a parent; a mentor, a role model – our best friend. We shared everything with him and there was nothing we couldn’t tell him that he couldn’t fix.
“He was extremely loyal and nothing came between him and his family.”
Information and images can be submitted directly via the Major Incident Public Portal here.
Or, you can call 0161 856 2450 quoting log number 2499 of 08/01/2021. Details can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.