Teenager charged with murder of Sunderland dad David Walsh appears in court

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of David Walsh, pictured with wife Trisha.
A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of David Walsh, pictured with wife Trisha.
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A teenager accused of murdering a Wearside dad has been remanded in custody.

Patrick Duggan, 19, appeared in the custody dock at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court this morning charged with the murder of dad-four and grandad-of-four David Walsh.

Mr Walsh, 45, died after an assault in Canon Cockin Street in Sunderland on Friday, November 20.

He had been planning on renewing his wedding vows with wife Trisha before his death and hundreds attended his funeral last week.

Duggan, who wore a grey hoody, spoke only to confirm his name, age and address during a brief hearing.

He entered no pleas to the charge and the matter was sent to Newcastle Crown Court.

Three other men, aged 19, 36 and 40, have also been charged with murder by police.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, requested that Duggan be remanded in custody until his crown court date.

Mrs Beck said; "Due to the nature of the offence, this matter should be heard at the crown court.

"The defendant will also need to be remanded in custody.

"He is the fourth defendant to be arrested and charged with the murder of Mr Walsh.

"The offence took place on November 20.

"There was an altercation that took place in a rear yard between the parties which resulted in the injured party being stabbed and unfortunately, resulted in his death."

Tony Southwick, defending Duggan, made no application for bail.

Peter Conway, chair of the magistrates, said: "We can't deal with this case.

"The matter will be sent to Newcastle Crown Court on a date to be notified."

Duggan, of Palmstead Road, Pennywell, was remanded in custody ahead of an initial hearing at Newcastle Crown Court, on a date to be fixed.