Charterhouse Street murder: Fourth man charged with killing Hartlepool dad appears in court

A fourth man charged with the murder of a Hartlepool dad has appeared in court.

Monday, 23rd December 2019, 3:44 pm

Albanian Florian Marku, 24, appeared at Teesside Magistrates Court on Monday, December 23, after being charged over the weekend.

He is accused of the murder of dad-of-two Hemwand Ali Hussain who was found dead in Charterhouse Street on Sunday, September 15.

Three people have already been charged with murder. Noza Saffari, 38, of Park Lane, in Middlesbrough, Anxhelo Xhaferi, 22, of Acton Street, Middlesbrough, and Dorian Pirija, 31, of Trillo Avenue, Bolton, are all due to stand trial in February.

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The scene where the body of Hemwand Ali Hussain was discovered in Charterhouse Street, Hartlepool.
The scene where the body of Hemwand Ali Hussain was discovered in Charterhouse Street, Hartlepool.

Marku was remanded to appear at Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday, December 24.

District Judge Helen Cousins said: “Mr Marku, these are matters that can only be tried at the crown court and I’m sending you under section 5 of the Crime and Disorder Act to Teesside Crown Court where you will be produced at 9.30 tomorrow morning.

“There are no other matters that can be dealt with by this court so I remand you in custody until that appearance.”

An Albanian interpreter translated proceedings to Marku, of Maxwell Road, West Drayton, Middlesex, who confirmed he understood what had happened.

Hemwand Ali Hussain was found dead on Sunday, September 15.

A 33-year-old man, also arrested on suspicion of murder in London, has been released under investigation.

The family of Mr Hussain, who had two young sons, said in a statement after his death: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our partner and father Hemwand and we request that we are left to grieve in peace at this extremely difficult time.”