Tanis Bhandari was murdered outside the Kings Arms pub
Two men have appeared in court charged with the murder of Tanis Bhandari Google Maps/Facebook

Two Plymouth men accused of the New Year's Day axe murder of builder Tanis Bhandari at a pub in Tamerton Foliot have been remanded in custody.

Ryan Williams, 21, of Landulph Gardens, St Budeaux, and Donald Pemberton, 20, of Haydon Grove, also in St Budeaux, appeared before Plymouth magistrates today (5 January).

Arriving at the court, Pemberton, who had a black eye, gave waiting media a middle finger gesture.

They pair were charged late Saturday (3 January) night with jointly murdering Bhandari, and being in possession of weapons, namely an axe and knives.

They will appear at Exeter Crown Court on Wednesday (7 January).

Devon and Cornwall police were called to the Kings Arms pub in Tamerton Foliot, north of Plymouth, Devon, after receiving reports that a man turned up with weapons.

Two groups then clashed outside the pub, sparking more calls to the police.

Bhandari was taken to Derriford Hospital by ambulance, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Four others were taken to the hospital where they were treated for injuries including stab wounds, with one suffering serious injuries.