Men appear in court for fatal stabbing of Raju Modhwadia

Two men appeared before judges this morning, charged with murdering Raju Modhwadia in a street stabbing.

Modhwadia was found in Hamilton Street, Highfields, Leicester, with what police described as “significant stab wounds” on the morning of Monday, December 27th. He was later pronounced dead.

A total of four people have been arrested in connection with the death of the 41-year-old victim, and two have since been charged with murder.

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This morning at the Leicester Magistrates’ Court, Shadon Archer and Marcus Henry, both 32, appeared in two separate hearings.

Henry from Morpeth Avenue, Mowmacre Hill, Leicester, appeared in person dressed in a gray tracksuit. He spoke only to state his name and date of birth and to confirm his address.

Prosecutor Peter Bettany told the judges that Henry was facing a charge of murder that was so serious that it had to be sent directly to Leicester Crown Court.

He said: “The case can only be sent. No bail can be applied for. We have a date on January 4 at the Crown Court in Leicester.”

Tribute to Raju Modhwadia has been left on the corner of Evington Road and Hamilton Street
Tribute to Raju Modhwadia has been left on the corner of Evington Road and Hamilton Street

Henry was remanded in custody to appear in Crown Court on Tuesday at 10am.

In a separate hearing, Archer from Bassett Street, Frog Island, Leicester, appeared live via video link from Euston Street Police Station in Leicester, after testing positive for Covid-19.

He was also remanded in custody for his hearing on Tuesday, January 4th.

Another suspect, a 35-year-old Leicester man, remains in police custody and has not been charged. He was arrested Tuesday morning.

And a 61-year-old Leicester woman who was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of aiding a perpetrator has since been released under investigation.

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