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A MAN charged with murder has appeared in court.

Nicolas Warrender, 23, of no fixed abode, is accused of stabbing Kevin Gaunt at an address in Avenue Vivian, Fence Houses, on Sunday night.

Mr Gaunt, 52, died from his injuries after being rushed to Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Warrender appeared at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court earlier today.

Dressed in a dark blue jumper, he spoke only to confirm his name, age and address.

No plea was entered.

Chairman of the bench Janet Hutton decided that the case should be sent to Newcastle Crown Court, where Warrender will appear on Thursday.

He was remanded in custody.