A DOUBLE murderer is facing life imprisonment for killing two young women.
Ahmad Otak will be sentenced next month after admitting killing Samantha Sykes, 18 and Kimberley Frank, 17, in Eastmoor on March 9.
The teenage victims were found dead with multiple stab wounds at Miss Frank’s home in Barden Road the next day.
Otak, 19, of Linton Road, Eastmoor, also admitted possessing a kitchen knife in Barden Road.
Otak, an asylum seeker from Afghanistan, entered his pleas via video link from Wakefield Prison with the help of a Pashto interpreter during a 24-minute hearing at Leeds Crown Court today (Friday).
There were cries and sobs in the packed public gallery as the murder charges were read out.
Otak denied the kidnap and false imprisonment of Miss Frank’s 19-year-old sister Elisa but will not face trial on those charges.
The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC, said: “Ahmad Otak you have pleaded guilty to two offences of murder and the prosecution are accepting the pleas and will not require a trial on counts three and four (kidnap and false imprisonment).
“You will of course be entitled to and receive credit for your guilty pleas when you come to be sentenced. As I’m sure you are well aware the sentence for murder is fixed by law and the sentence which will be passed on you in due course will be life imprisonment.”
The court heard the case could only be dealt with by a High Court Judge and Otak was further remanded in custody until November 9.
Judge Collier also heard the case of Steven Harratt, 57, who is alleged to have helped Harratt by providing food, money, clothing and a Sat Nav system. But Harratt, of Willow Grove, pleaded not guilty to a charge of assisting an offender.
His case was adjourned for trial in the New Year.