Man in court over Leicester street murder

Antoin Akpom
Image caption Antoin Akpom was a coach and former player at Leicester Nirvana FC

A 19-year-old man has appeared at Leicester Magistrates' Court charged with the murder of Antoin Akpom.

Abdul Hakim, of Wood Hill in Leicester, was remanded in custody.

Mr Akpom, 20, a coach and former player at Leicester Nirvana FC, died on Thursday after being stabbed in the city's Kent Street.

Mr Hakim, who was wearing a blue sweater and white T-shirt, only spoke to confirm his name, age, address, and that he understood the charge.

No application for bail was made.

Earlier, an inquest into the death of Mr Akpom was opened and adjourned in Leicester.

Fire deaths

Image caption Abdul Hakim made no application for bail

The police are investigating whether there is a connection between Mr Akpom's death and a suspected arson attack in Wood Hill which killed a mother and her three teenage children.

Shehnila Taufiq, who was in her 40s, her 19-year-old daughter Zainab, and sons Bilal, 17, and Jamal, 15, died in the blaze in the early hours of Friday.

Police are seeking more time to question an 18-year-old man arrested as part of their investigation.

A 49-year-old man has been released on bail.

Three women, aged 19, 20 and 27, were bailed on Monday.