Man denies Christmas Day murder of Sunderland man Simon Birch

A man accused of murder after a Christmas Day stabbing has denied the charge.

By Karon Kelly
Monday, 24th January 2022, 12:31 pm
Updated Monday, 24th January 2022, 5:18 pm

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Just before 11.20pm on December 25, police were told by the ambulance service that a man had been injured at an address in Sunderland Road, Newbottle.Officers attended and found 39-year-old Simon Birch, of Sunderland, with a serious injury consistent with having been caused by a bladed article.

Sadly, despite the efforts by paramedics, Mr Birch, a dad-of-two – also known as Birchie – died at the scene.

He left behind daughters 18-year-old Brogan and 13-year-old Georgie and his family said he was a much-loved son, father, brother and uncle with ‘so many friends’.

Simon Birch

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An investigation was launched and Adam Jenkins, 34, of Sunderland Road, Newbottle, was charged with murder.

He appeared at Newcastle Crown Court today and pleaded not guilty.

Judge Paul Sloan QC said a trial will start on June 13.

Jenkins was remanded in custody in the meantime.

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