Two men charged with the murder and robbery of Jamie McMahon have appeared before Northampton Magistrates’ Court this morning.
Michael Francis, aged 32, from St James Road, was the first of the two defendants to appear before magistrates, at around 11.30am.
He appeared charged with the murder of Jamie, aged 26, on Wednesday, October 2.
Prosecuting, Colin McGregor said: “As you can see from the charge sheet, this defendant and another have been charged with robbery and murder.”
Addressing the magistrates, he said: “I don’t think we need to go into the details of the facts of the case.
“The application is for Mr Francis to be remanded into custody until a hearing at Northampton Crown Court on Monday,
“I understand the crown court are making provisions to have a suitable judge available.”
Francis, who was dressed in a dark jumper, spoke only to confirm his name, age and address.
Mark Lewis, aged 19, of Clickers Drive, Upton, Northampton, was then brought into court, having also been charged with murder and robbery.
He too was dressed in a dark jumper and spoke only to confirm his details and to confirm he had understood the process.
No bail applications were made and both men will appear at Northampton Crown Court on Monday.
A 38-year-old from Northampton was also arrested on suspicion of murder on Saturday, while a 44-year-old from Northampton, was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods on Sunday.
Both men have since been released on bail pending further enquiries.
Mr McMahon, from Far Cotton, was found dead in St Giles Churchyard, in Northampton town centre, at around 7.45am on Wednesday, October 2.
The popular 26-year-old had played snooker and then went to Bar So shortly after midnight, and then to The Bantam, also in Abington Square, some stage before 2am.
He was last seen ordering food in Flames kebab shop, in York Road, at 2.10am, and police believe he then walked along York Road and cut through the alley into St Giles Church.
His body was found more than five hours after later, by a passerby who was on their way to work.
Officers say Jamie was subjected to a “vicious” attack, although police are still waiting for the results of tests before confirming how he died.