Four bailed after fresh arrests in Sunderland murder investigation

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FOUR men arrested by detectives investigating the murder of John “Jonty” Hall have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Officers yesterday arrested the four, all from Sunderland, as investigations continue into the death of the Shiney Row grandfather.

Mr Hall, 46, was found dead in a back lane in West Rainton on Sunday, September 15. He had suffered multiple injuries.

The four men arrested this week, two aged 22 and two aged 27, on suspicion of assisting an offender, were questioned by detectives before being released on police bail.

Three men have already been charged with Mr Hall’s murder. One of those, Paul Tate, 48, of Cambridge Road, Silksworth, was found dead in his cell at Holme House Prison in Stockton on Friday, September 27, where he was on remand.

And the other two, Nicholas Rought, 45, of Princess Street, Shiney Row, and Stuart Smith, 42, of no fixed address, are remanded in custody and are expected to enter their pleas at a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court on December 10.

Three other men, aged 32, 34, and 43, also arrested in connection with the death, remain on police bail.

Mr Tate’s funeral was due to be held today at Sunderland Crematorium.

Extensive inquiries have been carried out since the body of Mr Hall was found by a dog walker in Marks Lane.

Three other men, aged 32, 34, and 43, also arrested in connection with the death, remain on police bail.

Mr Hall, of Burn Terrace, Shiney Row, leaves behind two daughters, Bethany and Shelby, who described their father as “a loving dad, grandad and uncle and a true friend to many”.

His funeral will be held on Friday at All Saints’ Church in Penshaw at 10.30am, followed by a committal at Sunderland Crematorium.

l Nicholas Rought, 45, of Princess Street, Shiney Row, and Stuart Smith, 42, of no fixed address, have both been charged with Mr Hall’s murder.

The pair are remanded in custody and are expected to enter their pleas at a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court on December 10.