The dentist husband of missing Hull mother-of-two, lawyer Renata Antczak appeared in court today as the judge identified a major point in the case as a tape recording.
Polish-born Renata Antczak was reported missing after leaving her home in Hull in April.
Majid Mustafa, 47, and his alleged co-conspirator Robert Lipinski , 45, were charged following a tape recorded conversation, a court heard.
Both men are accused of attempting to poison Mustafa’s missing wife Renata Antczak, 49, as well as a conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm with intent against a friend from her native Poland, Dariusz Kleinert.
Lipinski, a keen bodybuilder, is also accused of plotting to poison his own wife Anna, 38.
District Judge Frederick Rutherford said ‘The issue in the case is a tape recording. There has not been enough information provided to the defense to determine if identity is an issue. But it does not seem as if it is.
Mustafa, a dentist who has practiced in Hull for 13 years, gave his 23-year-old daughter Magda a thumbs up sign as he was led into custody by guards following a brief appearance at Hull Magistrates Court.
Police insist they are still treating the mystery disappearance of Mrs Antczak almost a month ago as a ‘missing person inquiry’ and have no evidence to indicate whether she is alive or dead.
Her sister Danuta Szulc, 61, a farmer who lives near the city of Lodz in central Poland, said she was ‘shocked’ by the latest developments.
She said: ‘I do not even think that my sister is dead. I hope it will somehow be cleared up that she is alive somewhere. If there is no body there is always hope that my sister is alive