Man charged with murder of Saleem Butt in Leeds


LEEDS: A man has been charged with the murder of reportedly a Pakistan origin Briton Saleem Butt who was tied up and beaten to death in his own home. Craig Stanton, 42, of Southgate, Huddersfield, was due to appear before Leeds magistrates on Monday charged with murder.

Mr Butt, who was described by friends as “lovely and very gentle”, had suffered severe head and neck injuries. Detectives said they believed he was attacked between the evening of Wednesday, 22 April, and Thursday, April 23.

Saleem Butt

His body was found at his home in Hyrstlands Road on the night of 23 April. A cousin told reporters Mr Butt had been tied to a chair. A 37-year-old woman and a 59-year-old man were released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Mr Butt was described as very well-known in his local area, popular, community-spirited and always keen to do favours for neighbours.

A post-mortem examination gave his cause of death as severe head and neck injuries.Officers said Mr Butt was killed in a “horrific sustained attack” and said it was extremely important those responsible were caught.

Information can also be reported anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on: 0800 555 111.

During previous police appeals, detective chief inspector Tony Nicholson of West Yorkshire Police said Mr Butt was the victim of “a horrific sustained attack on a kind-hearted, well-liked and very well-known man”.“It is very hard to comprehend why someone would attack Mr Butt, let alone inflict the level of violence he suffered.”