FOUR men charged with the murder of Gurinderjit Rai have been remanded in custody after a Winchester Crown Court hearing this afternoon. 

Mr Rai's body was found in a car parked in Shepherds Farm Lane, Corhampton, on July 13 last year. He had been killed with a shotgun.

None of the four men appeared in court today due to a mix up with the prison services, but a few important dates were set. 

The men are: Corin Barlow, 40, of Lumley Road, Horley, Surrey; Aston Hannis, 29, of Leah Gardens, Eastleigh; Charlie Statham, 30, of Crescent Close, Oliver's Battery, Winchester and Paul White, 26, of Dyson Drive, Abbotts Barton, Winchester.

The Recorder of Winchester, Judge Keith Cutler adjourned the case for a pre-trial hearing on Friday, October 9.

A provisional trial date has been set for January 4 2021. It is expected to last four weeks.

Three other men, a 32-year-old man from Climping, West Sussex, a 32-year-old man from Winchester and a 42-year-old man from Owslebury, were also arrested by police earlier this week and have been released from custody but remain under investigation.