Two brothers accused of stabbing a man who later died are to be questioned on suspicion of murder.
Jess Ryan, 24, and Jack Ryan, 21, appeared in court yesterday accused of wounding George Dagg with intent and affray.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Mr Dagg died after the initial charges were brought against them and they will now be re-arrested for murder.
Prosecutor Neil Pallister told the court: “The defendants were charged on June 3 with wounding with intent. The victim being Mr Dagg.
“Tragically, Mr Dagg died on June 4 and at the moment the present plan is to have the defendants produced from prison on June 23, arrested on suspicion of murder and interviewed.
“Charging advice will then be sought on the charge of murder.”
The brothers appeared at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday via video link to HMP Durham.
The pair, of Toronto Road, Thorney Close, Sunderland, will be back in court for a plea and directions hearing on September 11 and a trial has been listed to start on December 1.
The trial is estimated to last seven days.
They were not asked to enter pleas to any of the charges they face during the short hearing.
No application was made for bail and they were both remanded in custody.
Mr Dagg, known as “Geordie”, died in hospital less then 48 hours after he was found with stab wounds close to his home in Plains Farm.
The dad-of-two, who was 53 when he died, lived all of his life in Sunderland and had four brothers and a sister.
Cards and flowers were left outside his home in Purley Road, Plains Farm, where he lived alone, after his death.