A SECOND man charged with murder after the death of a 32-year-old in Littlemore has appeared in court.

George Stephens, 27, of no fixed abode, was charged with one count each of murder and wounding with intent after the fatal stabbing of Tobias Bruce on February 25 in College Lane.

Stephens appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Saturday (April 13) and his case has been sent to Oxford Crown Court to be heard on Wednesday (April 17) for a bail application.

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He is the second defendant to be charged after Ryan Bryne, 24, of Hathaway Green Lane, Stratford-Upon-Avon, appeared at the higher court on April 11 charged with murder and two counts of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.

A trial date has been set for September 30 this year with a time estimate of four weeks.

It is likely Stephens will stand trial alongside Bryne as prosecutor Kathy Oliver informed Judge Ian Pringle that the case is ‘expected to have two defendants'.

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She added that there is a possibility of a third defendant but they are currently believed to be in Dubai.

Both Stephens and Bryne have been remanded in custody while the proceedings are ongoing.

Mr Bruce, who was a mobile manager at a shoe repair shop, died from a ‘multiple sharp force injuries’, an inquest opening heard last month.