A man has appeared before the magistrates charged with murdering a man in Botley.

Eugen Coman, 33, is accused of murdering 31-year-old Leonid Laboshin at 100 Pinnocks Way, Botley, on Sunday evening. A post-mortem confirmed Mr Laboshin died after being stabbed.

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He also faces allegations he was in possession of two knives in Barrington Close, Witney, on the same day.

Appearing before Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Thursday afternoon, Coman, of Pinnocks Way, Oxford, entered no pleas to the allegations. 


Shaven-headed Coman, wearing a grey tracksuit, spoke only to confirm his name, address, and date of birth. 

Chairman of the bench John Kearsley said he would be remanded in custody to appear before Oxford Crown Court tomorrow morning.

The court heard Coman also faces allegations he was in possession of a loaded air rifle and a lock knife in Halsey Road, Kempston, Bedfordshire, on April 11, 2020, and inflicting grievous bodily harm on a Roman Rabinski in Bedford. 

Prosecutor Ann Sawyer-Brandish said Coman was alleged to have repeatedly hit a rent collector over the head with an air rifle.

The matters were sent to Luton Crown Court, with a hearing expected to take place on a date to be fixed. 

Coman was represented at the hearing, which lasted less than five minutes, by Brid Eve.

The defendant thanked the magistrates as he was taken from the dock. 


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