A TEENAGER will appear in court today charged with murder following the death of a 20-year-old man from Tyneside in the early hours of Sunday.
Cole Wilson, from Titan House, a block of flats in Walker, Newcastle, was stabbed at a house in Sledmere Close, Peterlee, County Durham, shortly before 3am on Sunday.
A post mortem examination confirmed he had died from stab wounds to the chest and the side of his head.
Last night John Blackburn, from Walker, Newcastle, was charged with Mr Cole’s murder.
He will appear before Newton Aycliffe Magistrates today.
Two women, aged 24 and 20, who were arrested and held on suspicion of murder have been released without charge.
Blackburn was arrested at an address in Holywell Avenue, Walker, at around 9am on Sunday.
A 40-year-old man and 41-year-old woman were also arrested in suspicion of assisting an offender, have been released on police bail pending further enquiries until October 20.
The two women were arrested at the scene of the murder in Peterlee.
The death of Mr Wilson, who had a 17-year-old sister, shocked friends in Walker. Lee Shotton, 24, said: “He was just a really nice lad. I have known him since I was in nappies and we grew up together.
“He was just a normal genuine lad who kept himself to himself. I was just so shocked when I heard. I couldn’t believe it.”
People living near the murder scene said they believed four people were drinking at the house before the disturbance broke out.
Neighbours named the householder as Kim Burns, who had lived there for around four months and who has a baby daughter.
They said she had moved there from Newcastle and that her boyfriend, understood to be John Blackburn, often stayed there too.
Blackburn was arrested six hours later in Holywell Avenue. Mr Wilson is understood to be the boyfriend of Mr Blackburn’s sister Jade.