Murder accused appears in court

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A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of Sheffield paint sprayer Simon Holdsworth.

Shaun Richard Wainright, aged 45, of Dagnam Road, Arbourthorne, appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court for a short hearing yesterday.

He stood in the dock flanked by two prison officers and spoke only to confirm his name and address.

Bald-headed Wainright, who had tattoos on his arms and neck, was wearing a white T-shirt with a print on the front and blue jeans.

Prosecutor Chantel Lowery-Green said the case was too serious to be heard at the magistrates’ court and would be transferred to Sheffield Crown Court.

The proceedings were watched by Mr Holdsworth’s mother Christine and his fiancée Carleen McKeown.

Carleen, who was visibly upset, sat with detectives and family liaison officers.

During the five minute hearing Wainright waved to two women in the public gallery.

Simon, 36, of Westfield Avenue, Hackenthorpe, was discovered in a field next to Rainbow Forge Primary School, off Birley Spa Lane, on December 17.

Wainright was remanded in custody and the case was transferred to Sheffield Crown Court.