TWO people appeared in court today (Monday) charged with the murder of a young man in Bridgwater.

Nial Koporo, 25, of St Stephen's Crescent, Westminster, London, and Olivia Cronwell, 18, of Crescent Way, North Finchley, London, were remanded in custody at Taunton Magistrates' Courts.

They are due to appear before a judge at Exeter Crown Court tomorrow (Tuesday) accused of killing Tyrone Mulinde, 20, on October 20.

Koporo appeared before magistrates wearing a grey tracksuit and holding a paperback book in his hands.

He did not answer when asked to give his name, address and date of birth and instead his lawyer, Maya Chopra, confirmed the details held by the court.

Cromwell, who was in a sweat shirt and colourful multi-coloured trousers and was carrying some papers, confirmed her personal details and at one stage laughed as she looked at the public gallery.

Magistrates said they did not have the power to deal with the case and sent it directly to Exeter.

Neither Miss Chopra nor Cromwell's lawyer, Howard Pallis, had any observations to make.

Cromwell and Koporo were handcuffed and led from the dock back to the cells.

Mr Mulinde had been found with serious injuries in George Street, Bridgwater, on October 20.

He was attended by paramedics but died at the scene. A post mortem examination concluded that he died of stab wounds.