Connor Brown murder: Trial date set for pair accused of Sunderland teenager's death

A trial date has been set for two men accused of the murder of Connor Brown.

Thursday, 28th February 2019, 11:38 am
Updated Thursday, 28th February 2019, 11:47 am
Connor Brown

The 18-year-old was found in a back lane next to The Borough pub in Sunderland city centre in the early hours of Sunday morning with life-threatening injuries, which Northumbria Police said were consistent with a stabbing.

He was taken to hospital but sadly died.

Connor Brown

Leighton Barrass, 20, of Hartside Square, and Ally Gordon, 19, of Polmuir Road, both Sunderland, are both charged with murder on February 24.

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Harry Hadfield, prosecuting, said the trial is expected to take up to 10 days.

Floral tributes left in memory of Connor Brown in Sunderland city centre near where he was found.

"The trial is due to take place at Newcastle Crown Court," added Mr Hadfield.

"A provisional date of July 1 has been identified."

Judge Stephen Ashurst, set a trial date of July 1 at Newcastle Crown Court.

The judge told the two men: "I understand there is likely to be bail applications on your behalf within the next fortnight.

"Any application will be considered by a judge in chambers, it may not be me, and I make no comment on the merit or otherwise of such an application."

The judge remanded Barrass and Gordon in custody.