Sunderland stabbing: Funeral to take place of George Dagg

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THE funeral of a dad-of-two stabbed on a Sunderland estate will be held this week.

George Dagg, who was known as Geordie, died in hospital less than 48 hours after he was found injured near his home in Plains Farm, Sunderland, on Wednesday, June 4.

STABBED ... George Dagg.

STABBED ... George Dagg.

Cards and flowers were left in tribute to the dad, who lived in Purley Road.

On Wednesday, friends and family will gather at Immaculate Heart of Mary RC Church in Springwell Road at 10am for his funeral.

It will be followed by interment at Bishopwearmouth Cemetery at 11am, with refreshments to be served at the Lakeside Club.

A collection for donations, to be made to Sunderland Royal’s intensive critical care unit, will be held during the day.

Mr Dagg, who lived in Sunderland all his life, was a father to Marlon and Robert and a brother to Billy, Ann, Kevin, Scott and the late Ronnie. Brothers Jess Ryan, 24, and Jack Ryan, 21, have been charged with wounding with intent.

However, Newcastle Crown Court was told last week Mr Dagg died after the initial charges were brought, with the pair to be re-questioned on suspicion of murder. They are due to be produced from prison today and interviewed, with advice to then be sought on a new charge.

The pair, of Toronto Road, Thorney Close, have been remanded and are next due to appear at the crown court on September 11 for a plea and directions hearing.

A trial date of December 1 has been listed and is expected to last seven days.

The brothers were not asked to enter any plea when they last appeared before a judge and they were remanded in custody, with no application for bail made on their behalf.