DETECTIVES are continuing to question a third man arrested on suspicion of the murder of John “Jonty” Hall.
The 42-year-old spent all day being questioned by officers investigating the death of Mr Hall.
The latest arrest comes as the case against two men charged with the murder of the 46-year-old has been adjourned.
Paul Ian Tate and Nicholas John Rought have been jointly charged with killing the Sunderland grandfather.
Tate appeared at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday via videolink to HMP Holme House.
He was not asked to enter a plea.
Rought was due to appear at the hearing via videolink to HMP Durham, but was unable due to a breakdown in technology.
Toby Hedworth QC, defending, applied for the case to be adjourned until next week.
Mr Hedworth said: “A third man was arrested last night and is to be interviewed this morning.”
Judge Roger Thomas, who appeared via videolink to a courtroom at Bradford Crown Court, adjourned the case until Monday.
Tate, 48, of Cambridge Road, Silksworth, Sunderland, and Rought, 45, of Princess Street, Shiney Row, were both remanded in custody. The body of the 46-year-old victim, known to friends as Jonty, was found in Marks Lane, West Rainton, on Sunday, September 15.
Detectives say the father-of-two died from multiple injuries.
Police have carried out extensive inquiries in the Shiney Row area in a bid to build up a picture of Mr Hall’s final movements.
The latest arrest was made on Monday evening.
Officers are still appealing for anyone with information about Mr Hall’s death and his earlier disappearance from his home, to contact them straightaway.
Anyone with information is asked to call Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191.