Four Liverpool men have pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mark Mason in Rhyl.
Anthony Baines (30) of Kensington, Jake Melia (21) of Aintree, James Davies (20) of Stoneycroft and Mark Ennis (30) of Walton all denied the fatal stabbing of the father-of-two outside Home Bargains on Marsh Road in October. Mr Mason (48) died at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd following the attack.
The four men also denied maliciously wounding two others – Justin Trickett and Sam Illidge – with intent to inflict grevious bodily harm.
Melia was refused an application for bail when the defendants appeared before Mold Crown Court on Thursday morning. They were all remanded in custody until their trial begins on Tuesday 25th April 2017 – the case is expected to last for up to four weeks.
Judge Eleri Rees, appearing via videolink from Cardiff Crown Court, said a further review hearing would be held in March to allow the prosecution and defense counsels to prepare their arguments. The two sides will deliver their cases in January and February, respectively.