A JURY has been sworn in for the trial of two men accused of murdering George “Geordie” Dagg.
Brothers Jess and Jack Ryan are both accused of the murder of father-of-two Mr Dagg, who was known as Geordie, during a stabbing attack at Plains Farm in Sunderland, in June.
At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday a panel of six men and six women was selected and sworn to try the case.
Judge Paul Sloan, QC, told the jury: “The allegation in this particular case, against both accused men who are sat in the dock, is an allegation of murder.
“The incident, a stabbing, giving rise to the charge occurred at the beginning of this year. It occurred in Purley Road.”
During the selection process, jurors were told the trial could last up to three weeks.
The panel of men and women heard a list of more than 40 prosecution witnesses, which included civilians, police officers and medical experts, who could be called to give evidence during the case.
No details surrounding Mr Dagg’s death or the part each brother is said have played was given, and no evidence has yet been heard in court.
Judge Sloan told jurors that prosecutor Nicholas Lumley, QC, will give an outline of the case against the men in detail when the trial resumes today.
Mr Dagg, who was 53, died in hospital less than 48 hours after he was attacked.
Jess Ryan, 24, and Jack Ryan, 21, both of Toronto Road, Sunderland, are both accused of Mr Dagg’s murder, between June 1 and June 4, which they both deny.
The brothers spoke only to confirm their names at the hearing yesterday.
Jurors were warned they must not speak about or try to make any investigations regarding the details of the case.
l The trial continues.