LATEST NEWS: Sunderland murder accused has trial date set

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A MAN charged with murder has made his first appearance at crown court.

Nicholas Warrender is accused of stabbing Kevin Gaunt at an address in Avenue Vivian, Fence Houses, on Saturday night.

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

Warrender, 23, of no fixed address, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court via videolink to HMP Durham.

He was not asked to enter a plea to the murder charge.

Judge John Milford ordered that a plea and case management hearing should take place on September 4.

A trial date has been listed for October 1.

Warrender did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody.