York & North Yorkshire

Yasutake family in court over Helmsley body on mattress

Rina Yasutake Image copyright North Yorkshire Police
Image caption Rina Yasutake's body was found in a house on Bondgate in Helmsley

A family has appeared in court charged with preventing the lawful burial of their sister and daughter.

The body of Rina Yasutake, 49, was found on a mattress at a house in Helmsley, North Yorkshire, on 25 September 2018.

Her mother, Michiko Yasutake, 76, and siblings Yoshika Yasutake, 53, and Takahiro Yasutake, 47, did not enter a plea at York Crown Court.

The defendants, all from Helmsely, are due to appear again on 30 March.

A provisional trial date has been set for 15 June.

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