A MAN has made his first crown court appearance accused of murdering Gemma Finnigan.
Daniel Johnson is alleged to have killed the 24-year-old at a flat in Church View, Boldon Colliery, on Friday.
She was declared dead at the scene.
The 32-year-old appeared at Newcastle Crown Court today via videolink to HMP Durham.
He was not asked to enter a plea to the murder charge and will be back in court on November 28.
A provisional date has been set for the trial, which is expected to last around five days, for March 17 next year.
Johnson, of Church View, Boldon Colliery, spoke only to confirm his name and that he had heard what happened during the short hearing.
He was remanded in custody in the meantime.
Judge Paul Sloan QC told him: “I am going to adjourn the case for further pre-trial review. That hearing will take place on November 28 this year.
“In the meantime you will be remanded in custody.”