Man withdraws guilty plea for murder of sex offender

A man charged with murdering a convicted sex offender has withdrawn his guilty plea.

David Anthony Mitchell, 47, appeared at Leeds Crown Court today (Friday) to be sentenced for the killing of Robert Edward Hind.

Judge Collier told the deceased’s family, who were present, that Mr Mitchell must be allowed to make his case.

He said: “I’m very concious that you were hoping for some closure.”

He continued: “I’m sorry that we haven’t been able to bring the case to conclusion.”

The remains of Mr Hind’s body were found in the area of the River Colne, next to Colne Vale Road in Milnsbridge, last December after the 46-year-old was reported missing from Dewsbury.

A post mortem examination confirmed that he had died from strangulation and head injuries.

Mr Mitchell, of Manchester Road in Cowlersley, remains in custody and must detail why he withdrew his plea, with regard to any evidence and potential witnesses, in writing by October 4.

The trial continues on November 7.