Two teenagers have denied murdering a 15-year-old boy who was stabbed outside his school gates in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

Khayri McLean was attacked on 21 September outside North Huddersfield trust school and died later in hospital.

On Tuesday, a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old appeared at Leeds crown court for a plea and trial preparation hearing. The teenagers, who are both from Huddersfield, pleaded not guilty to murder and possession of a knife.

The 15-year-old appeared in court, while the 17-year-old attended via a video link.

Judge Tom Bayliss KC set a new trial date of 15 March. Jonathan Sandiford KC, prosecuting, estimated the trial could take three weeks.

The judge remanded both teenagers to youth detention accommodation until their next appearance at the same court.

Khayri was described as a “wonderful student” by his teachers and “a really nice boy” by his girlfriend, Shyana James. He had just taken up playing football shortly before his death, she said.

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