Antoin Akpom Leicester killing: Man in court over street death

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

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of Leicester youth football coach Antoin Akpom.

Hussain Hussain, 19, of no fixed abode, spoke to confirm his name, age and address at Leicester Magistrates' Court.

He did not enter a plea and was remanded in custody, ahead of a hearing at Leicester Crown Court on Friday.

Mr Akpom, a coach at Leicester Nirvana FC, died after being stabbed in the city's Kent Street on 12 September.

Mr Hussain is the second man to be charged with the 20-year-old's murder.

Abdul Hakim, 19, of Wood Hill in Leicester, faced the same charge in court on 18 September.

A Leicestershire Police spokesperson said they are still "working on the presumption" Mr Akpom's death and a suspected arson attack on a house in Wood Hill are linked.

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 13 September.

Six men and a 16-year-old have been charged with the murders of the family.

They are also due to appear at Leicester Crown Court on Friday.

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