Ranei Wilks appears in court charged with murder of Jamie Meah

A man accused of murdering Jamie Meah has appeared in court just over a year after the teenager died.

Ranei Wilks, 22, from Leeds was arrested on Tuesday night at Leeds Bradford Airport after arriving on a flight from Turkey. He was charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of a knife and appeared at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on Friday afternoon.

Jamie had just turned 18 when he was stabbed in Hall Lane, Armley, on March 31 last year. Police are appealing for help to find Aquade Jeffers, Caleb Awe and Enham Nishat, all now aged 21. They are believed to have fled abroad shortly after the stabbing, before they were identified as suspects.

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On March 28 this year, Jamie’s family made an appeal to find the man, and told how his son now faces growing up without a father.

In a statement released to mark the anniversary of his death, his family said: “We are still absolutely devastated that Jamie has been taken from us so cruelly and unfairly.

“Every single day over the last year has been so painful for us all, as we struggle to come to terms with what has happened. Jamie’s son was born in November last year and now faces his future growing up without ever knowing his father, which is something no child should have to live with.

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“Jamie was looking forward to being a father, but that opportunity was snatched away by those responsible for his murder. We still desperately want to see the people responsible for Jamie’s murder answer for what they have done, and we feel we can’t begin to move on until that has happened.”

During the short hearing on Friday, Mr Wilks appeared flanked by a dock officer and wearing a dark-blue tracksuit with a white stripe down the side. He spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth. The case was sent to the Crown court and he was remanded into custody.

Mr Wilks was told: “It’s a short hearing today both cases will be sent to Leeds Crown Court and you will appear there Tuesday next week 23rd April.”

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