A woman has appeared in court over the death of Jamie Belshaw.
Mr Belshaw died in hospital after he was found seriously injured on Saturday night at a property in Lemington, Newcastle.
Yesterday 34-year-old Lisa Palmer, who is thought to live at the same property, was brought before Newcastle magistrates accused of his murder. In a hearing lasting just a couple of minutes, the defendant spoke only to confirm her name, date of birth and address.
Magistrates ordered that Miss Palmer be remanded in custody until she appears at Newcastle Crown Court tomorrow.
Mr Belshaw, 36, was found with serious injuries when police were called to the house on St George’s Terrace, in the Bells Close area of Lemington at around 9.20pm on Saturday. He later passed away in hospital.
A number of friends have since paid tribute to the man, originally from nearby Throckley, on social media websites, describing him as “one of the nicest down to earth people I ever met” and “such a great lad”.
Neighbours told The Journal the couple had only recently moved to the street. Mother-of-one Wendy Arkley, 40, said: “They have only lived here since the end of November, and we never got a chance to get to know them.
“It was such a shock when I woke up and found out what had happened. You don’t expect something like that to happen. I have lived here 21 years and never seen anything like this.”
Gemma Murray, 31, added: “You don’t expect to wake up to this on a Sunday morning. It’s a real shame what’s happened.”
And another neighbour said: “I only knew them to say ‘Hi’ to. He seemed to be working all the time. I don’t know what he did for a living, he wore work boots and a hi-viz jacket. It is such a shock when it’s on your doorstep.”