Man in court on murder charge after Sunderland stabbing

Police offiers at the scene of a fatal stabbing in Avnue Vivian, yesterday.
Police offiers at the scene of a fatal stabbing in Avnue Vivian, yesterday.
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A MAN is appearing in court today charged with murder after a stabbing at a Sunderland house.

Nicolas Warrender, 23, of Corrighan Terrace, East Rainton, was due to appear before Sunderland magistrates following the incident on Sunday night.

The 52-year-old victim – named locally as Kevin Gaunt – sustained fatal injuries shortly before 10pm at an address in Avenue Vivian, Fence Houses.

He was rushed to Sunderland Royal Hospital by paramedics but pronounced dead at 11.15pm.

Warrender, 23, was yesterday questioned by detectives before being charged last night.

Neighbours living near Avenue Vivian expressed their shock at Mr Gaunt’s death.

A dad who lives in nearby Gregory Terrace, but did not want to be named, said: “It’s worrying, especially when you have kids here.”

One woman, who lives in Sedgeletch Road, opposite Avenue Vivian, said: “There’s a lot happens around here so I didn’t even open the curtains when the police were there.

“The helicopter was here but I just decided to stay inside.”

Five other people - including a man aged 23 and two women aged 28 and 20 - have also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

They have all been bailed pending further inquiries.

All of those arrested and the deceased man are understood to be known to each other, Northumbria Police have said. Detectives are now carrying out a forensic examination of the scene, with part of Avenue Vivian still cordoned off.

Officers were seen searching grassy areas for clues near to where the incident took place.

Police say any witnesses to the incident should call them on the non-emergency 101 line.