TWO men have appeared in court charged with the murder of John Hall.
Paul Ian Tate and Nicholas John Rought have been jointly charged with killing the Sunderland grandfather.
They appeared separately in the dock at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court on Saturday morning.
Tate, 48, wearing a blue jumper, gave his address as Cambridge Road, Silksworth, Sunderland.
He has been charged with murdering Mr Hall, along with Rought, 45, of Princess Street, Shiney Row.
The body of the 46-year-old, known to friends as Jonty, was found in Marks Lane, West Rainton, on Sunday night.
Detectives say the father-of-two died from multiple injuries.
Ian Palmer, prosecuting, told magistrates that the case was so serious, it could only be dealt with at Newcastle Crown Court.
The pair were not asked to enter pleas to the charge and spoke only to confirm their details, watched by Mr Hall’s grieving friends and family.
A bail application will be heard at the crown court on Tuesday.
Chair Jean Brown told Tate and Rought they would be remanded in custody until then.