Grandson appears in court charged with double murder in Benton

Glen Patterson, 25, has appeared in court accused of murdering his dad and grandmother in their home at Benton

Andy Commins Glen Patterson ,25, from Benton appears at North Tyneside Magistrates court
Glen Patterson ,25, from Benton appears at North Tyneside Magistrates court

A grandson has made his first appearance in court charged with the murder of his dad and grandmother.

Yesterday, Glen Patterson was brought into the dock at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court in handcuffs.

The 25-year-old, of Front Street, Benton, North Tyneside, spoke only to confirm his name, age and address during the five-minute hearing.

Flanked by two security guards and wearing a black sweater, he listened quietly as court procedures were carried out.

The packed public gallery heard that he was charged with the murder of his dad Ray Patterson, 61, and grandmother Clara Patterson, 82.

Prosecutor Keith Laidlaw said: “Mr Patterson is before you charged with two murders – of his grandmother Clara and father Ray.

“The events took place on Tuesday night when Mr Patterson was found running out of traffic and police attended.

“It is my application for a remand in custody.”

Patterson’s solicitor Jeff Smith said: “I have no observations to make.”

No pleas were taken from the defendant and the case was transferred to Newcastle Crown Court, where he will appear on February 27. He was remanded in custody.

Police were originally called to Front Street at 9.15pm on Tuesday after reports of a disturbance in the street.

Soon after, they found two bodies at a five-bedroom house, located between the school yard of St Bartholomew’s Primary and the grounds of St Aidan Church.

On Wednesday, police officers continued with their investigations at the scene and forensic officers in white suits entered the property with evidence bags.

Chief Supt Steve Neill, North Tyneside Area Commander, said: “Incidents like this are very unusual but we recognise it will have caused some concern in the community. Extra neighbourhood officers are out on patrol in the area around Front Street and Benton to provide reassurance and to gather information.”

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