Two charged over murder of Sunderland grandad

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TWO men will appear in court today in connection with the murder of John Hall.

The body of the 46-year-old, known to friends as Jonty, was found in Marks Lane, West Rainton, on Sunday night.

Detectives say the grandad died from multiple injuries.

Nicholas Rought, 45, of Princess Street, Shiney Row, and Paul Tate, 48, of Mill Terrace, Shiney Row, were charged with the father-of-two’s murder last night.

They are due to appear at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court today.

Northumbria Police arrested five men from the Shiney Row area, where Mr Hall also lived, in connection with his death, and three men, aged 43, 34 and 32, have been bailed.

Mr Hall’s daughters, Bethany, 24, and Shelby, 20, released a statement describing their devastating loss yesterday.

“This is a living nightmare for us,” it read. “It is the hardest and most heartbreaking thing that we will ever have to deal with.

“He was our dad, he brought us up and made us into who we are today.

“Death is such a terrible thing.

“Inside, our dad was a gentle man and he would do anything for anyone. No one, and certainly not our dad, deserved this.

“He was a loving son, brother, dad, grandad and uncle and a true friend to many.

“We know that he will be looking down on us and one day we will all be together again.

“Until then, we will keep you in our hearts.

“Love you forever dad.”

Police made a fresh appeal for information regarding Mr Hall’s death yesterday.

Detective Chief Inspector Christina Barrett, of Northumbria Police, who is leading the investigation, said: “We are continuing to appeal for witnesses to come forward.

“In particular, we are keen to hear from anyone who saw or heard suspicious activity in the area where Mr Hall’s body was found at Marks Lane, near to the railway bridge, on Sunday evening.

“At the area of Mill Terrace in Shiney Row, including the rear lane, we are keen to hear from anyone who saw anything unusual or suspicious between Saturday evening and Tuesday evening.

“We are continuing to work closely with Durham Constabulary building on the joint work carried out to date.

“I’d also like to reiterate that we do not believe Mr Hall was the victim of a random attack and that those involved are known to each other.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.