Two men have appeared in court charged with murder after a grandfather died when he was assaulted on his way to a mosque.
Damien Hunt, aged 29, of Doncaster Road, Rotherham, who was initially charged with assault causing grievous bodily harm with intent, has now been charged with the murder of 81-year-old Mushin Ahmed.
He is to face a joint trial with Dale Jones, 29, of East Bawtry Road, Whiston, Rotherham, who has also been charged with murder.
Keiran Rice, 21, of Oakes Meadow, Rotherham, who faced the same GBH charge as Hunt is to have the charge withdrawn.
Hunt and Rice appeared over a videolink from Doncaster Prison at Sheffield Crown Court today.
Jones did not appear in court.
Prosecutor Graham Reeds QC said Jones was charged with murder last Thursday and will appear before the court on September 25 along with Hunt.
“It is the prosecution’s intention that Jones and Damien Hunt will be jointly indicted for murder,” said Mr Reeds.
He said the Mr Ahmed assault charge against Rice would be withdrawn although Rice is facing another assault charge on a separate matter dating back to March as well as possession of cocaine.
A bail application for Rice is likely to be made tomorrow.
Both Hunt and Rice were remanded in custody. No pleas have been entered by either Hunt or Jones.
The trial of Hunt and Jones over the murder of Mr Ahmed has been listed for next February.
Mr Ahmed was assaulted in the early hours of Monday, just off Fitzwilliam Road, Herringthorpe, on August 10, and died from his injuries in hospital ten days later.