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Trial date set for two men charged with murdering a convicted child-killer

A court has heard two men charged with murdering a convicted child-killer at a maximum security jail will stand trial in September.

Gary David Smith and Lee William Newell are both accused of killing Subhan Anwar, who was found dead in February by staff at HMP Long Lartin in Worcestershire.

A post-mortem examination found the inmate, who was serving a life sentence for murdering a two-year-old girl, had suffered a broken neck.

Anwar, from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, was jailed at Bradford Crown Court in 2009 for killing his partner's daughter, Sanam Navsarka.

Smith, 47, and Newell, 44, had been due to appear via video-link at Worcester Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing earlier today.

But, Judge Robert Juckes QC adjourned the plea hearing until 5th July after a fault with the video-link system prevented the defendants from taking part in the proceedings.

A trial in the case is scheduled to begin on 9th September. It is expected to last for up to three weeks and will be heard before a High Court judge.