Man charged with murder of teenage boy

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A 42-year-old has appeared before magistrates today charged with murdering a teenage boy whose semi-naked body was found in a derelict house in 1990.

Steven Grieveson appeared before Sunderland Magistrates’ Court via a videolink for a hearing which lasted only a few minutes.

He was charged with murdering 14-year-old Simon Martin between May 17 and May 27 1990. No plea was entered and none was indicated.

Grieveson wore an earring in his left ear, a black and white Adidas tracksuit top and a red sweatshirt for the hearing.

Members of the public, thought to be relatives of the dead teenager, were in court to watch Grieveson’s appearance on a TV monitor.

Magistrates adjourned the case and he will appear at Newcastle Crown Court on Thursday, again via a videolink.

Simon’s body was found at Gilside House, Roker, Sunderland, in May 1990.

The boy, from Amy Street, Southwick, had suffered head injuries and was semi-clothed when he was found.

The property has since been demolished.