A 27-YEAR-OLD man accused of murdering a university worker and attempting to murder seven other people in a series of Birmingham city centre knife attacks on Sunday has appeared before a crown court judge.

Birmingham-born Zephaniah McLeod, of Nately Grove, Selly Oak, Birmingham, appeared via a videolink at the city's crown court on Thursday.

McLeod is accused of stabbing to death 23-year-old Jacob Billington, a Sheffield Hallam University graduate intern, and attempting to kill seven others in early hours of Sunday.

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It is alleged the defendant did not remain in city centre throughout the whole 90-minute period over which the five separate incidents unfolded.

McLeod, who spoke only to confirm he could hear proceedings and his name during the 25-minute hearing, appeared wearing a yellow and green jumpsuit.

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At times, he could be seen rubbing his temples with both hands, touching his wrist and screwing his eyes closed.

The Recorder of Birmingham Judge Melbourne Inman QC remanded McLeod into custody for a further hearing back at Birmingham Crown Court next month and set a three-week provisional trial date for February 22, 2021.