A MAN has appeared in court charged with the murder of Bryan Knox.
Gary Mawson, 36, from Washington, was brought before Sunderland Magistrates’ Court yesterday, following the death of Mr Knox on Sunday.
Mr Knox, 32, from Barmston, was found in a road leading to Usworth Hall estate, in the Stephenson area of Washington, shortly before 11am.
He was airlifted to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, but died later that day from his injuries.
Mawson, of Alwin, Rickleton, spoke only to confirm his name and address during the short court hearing.
Gavin Sword, his solicitor, did not make an application for bail.
District Judge Helen Cousins sent the case to Newcastle Crown Court. She told Mawson: “This is a matter than can only be tried in the crown court, so consequently I am sending you to Newcastle Crown Court.
“You will be produced at Newcastle Crown Court tomorrow morning and any decision on bail will be taken at that stage.”
Mawson will appear at the crown court today. Floral tributes have been left at the lane where Mr Knox was discovered.
A card attached to a floral display with “Son” on it, which was left at the scene read: “My precious son Bryan.
“A mother should never have to say goodbye to her son. Broken hearts all round xxx.”
“You’re in my heart forever, all our love, Mam and Dave xxx.”
Police are still appealing for anyone with information about Mr Knox’s death to call 101, ext 69191.
Detective Inspector Andy Fairlamb said: “While we’ve spoken to a number of people about what happened, we know the area is popular with people walking their dogs or passing through on foot, and I’d continue to encourage witnesses to come forward.
“Anyone who was in the area from around 10am onwards who has any information is asked to contact us as soon as possible. No matter how insignificant you feel it is, it could be vital for the investigat- ion.”