Trial date set for man accused over child's river death

A provisional trial date has been set for a man accused of murdering his 11-month-old son, who was pulled out of a river.

By Iain Lynn
Monday, 16th September 2019, 1:04 pm
Updated Monday, 16th September 2019, 2:04 pm
Emma Blood with her son Zakari William Bennett-Eko
Emma Blood with her son Zakari William Bennett-Eko

Zakari William Bennett-Eko was retrieved from the River Irwell in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, after reports that a child was in the water on Wednesday afternoon.

He was taken to hospital from the scene near Blackburn Street in the town centre, but died a short time later.

On Monday, Zak Bennett-Eko made a brief appearance at Manchester Crown Court via prison videolink when a trial date of March 9 was scheduled.

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Judge David Stockdale QC, the Honorary Recorder of Manchester, ordered that the defendant attend in person from custody when he is next due at court on December 20 for a plea hearing.

Bennett-Eko, of no fixed address, spoke to confirm his name and date of birth, and stated his nationality is mixed race British.