A MAN accused of helping a double murder suspect to try and escape from the country has appeared in court.
Steven Harratt, 57, is charged with assisting Ahmed Otak.
Otak is accused of killing Kimberley Frank, 17, and Samantha Sykes, 18, in Eastmoor in March.
Harratt, of Willow Grove, Sandal, appeared at Wakefield Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
He is charged with providing 18-year-old Otak with money, clothing, food, a satellite navigation system and the means to escape the UK with the intent to impede his apprehension or prosecution.
Dressed in a blue shirt and jeans, Harratt spoke to confirm his name, age and address during the short hearing.
District Judge Marie Mallon released him on unconditional bail until his next appearance before the Magistrates’ Court next month.
But she said: “In due course this case is going to go to the crown court.”
Otak, of Linton Road, Eastmoor, is charged with the murders of Miss Frank and Miss Sykes on Friday, March 9.
Their bodies were discovered at Miss Frank’s flat on Barden Road, Eastmoor, a day later after concerns were raised for their safety.
Otak, an asylum seeker from Afghanistan, was arrested in Dover by officers from Kent Police.
He has also been charged with the kidnap and false imprisonment of Miss Frank’s older sister Elisa Frank, 19, and possessing a knife in a public place.
Otak is in custody and is expected to appear before Leeds Crown Court next month.
A post mortem into the deaths of Miss Franks and Sykes found they died from multiple stab wounds including injuries to the neck.