Duo accused of murdering Doncaster boxer Tom Bell appear in court

Two men accused of murdering Doncaster boxer Tom Bell have appeared in court.

Friday, 5th April 2019, 4:38 pm
Updated Friday, 5th April 2019, 4:44 pm
Tom Bell. Picture: Chris Etchells

Joseph Bennia, aged 28, and Scott Geoffrey Gocoul, 29, both of no fixed abode, are charged with the killing of 21-year-old Tom who was shot through the window of a pub in Doncaster in January.

The duo appeared at Sheffield Crown Court this morning and did not enter any pleas.

Tom Bell. Picture: Chris Etchells

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A provisional trial date was set for June 18 and it is expected to last around four weeks.

The Recorder of Sheffield, Judge Jeremy Richardson QC, set a pre-trial review date for Thursday, May 9 and remanded both men into custody.

Tom, from Intake, was shot dead  at the Maple Tree Pub on the Woodfield Plantation estate.

A post-mortem examination revealed he died of shotgun wounds to his chest and abdomen.

Thousands of donations helped to make sure promising boxer Tom was given a fitting send-off at his funeral.