PICTURED: Man, 47, and woman, 30, accused of murdering ‘cheerful and gentle’ 63-year-old

A man and woman have appeared in court accused of the murder of a missing north London man described by his family as ‘cheerful and gentle’.

Frank McKeever, 63, was last seen alive as he walked along Highbury Park, near the junction with Highbury Grange at 10pm on August 28.

He was reported missing nearly two weeks later on September 9.

Juned Sheikh, 47, of Camberwell and Surie Suksiri, 30, of Islington appeared in custody at Willesden Magistrates’ Court but were not asked for their pleas.

Both are charged with the murder of Mr McKeever on August 28, 2021 at an address in Highbury.

They had previously been arrested and later released under investigation on September 28 and October 10, last year.

Surie Suksiri (pictured), 30, and Juned Sheikh, 47, are charged with Frank McKeever's murder

Surie Suksiri (pictured), 30, and Juned Sheikh, 47, are charged with Frank McKeever’s murder

Wearing a black and gray Nike top and dark jeans Sheikh (pictured) only spoke to confirm his name, date of birth and address

Wearing a black and gray Nike top and dark jeans Sheikh (pictured) only spoke to confirm his name, date of birth and address

Wearing a black and gray Nike top and dark jeans Sheikh (pictured) only spoke to confirm his name, date of birth and address

Frank McKeever, from Islington, suddenly vanished on August 28 last year without a trace

Frank McKeever, from Islington, suddenly vanished on August 28 last year without a trace

Frank McKeever, from Islington, suddenly vanished on August 28 last year without a trace

Wearing a black and gray Nike top and dark jeans Sheikh only spoke to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

Suksiri, who was wearing a police custody-issue gray tracksuit, also confirmed her identity.

Prosecutor Katie Weiss gave no details and District Judge Mark Jabbitt remanded them both in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on Wednesday.

During the wide-ranging probe into Mr McKeever’s disappearance a reward of up to £20,000 was offered in return for information as to his whereabouts, but he has never been found.

The Metropolitan Police’s Specialist Crime team had led the investigation, which has involved extensive searches of premises; open spaces; lakes canals and other waterways without success.

In a statement during the search for him Mr McKeever’s family said: ‘Please could you help us find our brother, Frank McKeever.

CCTV showing his movements has been issued to help the public recall the events leading up to his disappearance

CCTV showing his movements has been issued to help the public recall the events leading up to his disappearance

CCTV showing his movements has been issued to help the public recall the events leading up to his disappearance

It will soon be the first anniversary of his disappearance as he was last seen on 28th August 2021.

‘Our family had lost touch with him for some years, but we were so happy to re-connect with him last summer and were looking forward to being with him again to rebuild family ties.

He seemed happy and positive about the future and he had remained loyal to his favorite football team Birmingham City.

‘We really miss his cheerful and gentle personality and his sense of humour.

He had a zest for life and loved chatting to people and was no doubt looking forward to celebrating his birthday on the 31st August and the Bank Holiday weekend.

‘Sadly, he has now disappeared without a trace and we are desperate for any news.

‘We are very worried for his welfare and safety and will give help and support for anything he needs.

If anyone has any information on his whereabouts please contact the missing people charity or the police. A reward is being offered.’

A man and woman have appeared in court accused of the murder of a missing north London man described by his family as ‘cheerful and gentle’. Frank McKeever, 63, was last seen alive as he walked along Highbury Park, near the junction with Highbury Grange at 10pm on August 28. He was reported missing nearly…

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