Third murder-accused remanded in custody

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A THIRD man to be charged in connection with the death of Jonty Hall has appeared in court accused of murder.

Stuart Bycroft Smith, 42, of no fixed address, spoke only to confirm his details when he appeared before Sunderland magistrates on Wednesday.

Bycroft Smith is accused of murdering Mr Hall, whose body was found in West Rainton on September 15.

No plea was taken and the bench sent the case to Newcastle Crown Court, where Bycroft Smith will appear in custody on Friday morning.

Paul Ian Tate, 48, of Cambridge Road, Silksworth, and Nicholas John Rought, 45, of Princess Street, Shiney Row, have also been charged with murdering the 46-year-old grandfather.

Both remain in custody and will appear at Newcastle Crown Court next week.

Mr Hall’s body was found dumped under a railway bridge in Mark’s Lane. Police say the father-of-two died from multiple injuries.

Detectives have carried out extensive inquiries in the Shiney Row area in a bid to build up a picture of Mr Hall’s final movements.