Third man charged over John Anthony Hall murder

A third man has been charged with murder following the death of John Anthony Hall

Police at the scene on Mark's Lane, West Rainton and (inset) John Anthony Hall
Police at the scene on Mark's Lane, West Rainton and (inset) John Anthony Hall

Stuart Bycroft Smith, 42, from the Houghton area of Sunderland has been accused of involvement in the father-of-two’s killing.

Mr Hall, 46, of Shiney Row, near Sunderland, suffered multiple injuries and his body was found by a dog walker on Mark’s Lane, in West Rainton, County Durham, at around 7pm on September 15.

Bycroft Smith appeared at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court yesterday but spoke only to confirm his details. The case was sent directly to Newcastle Crown Court, where Bycroft Smith will appear on Friday morning. Bycroft Smith was remanded in custody.

Detectives have carried out extensive inquiries in the Shiney Row area in a bid to build up a picture of Mr Hall’s final movements.

Two other men charged with the murder of Mr Hall were previously remanded in custody.

Paul Ian Tate, 48, of Cambridge Road, Silksworth, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court via videolink to HMP Holme House and was not asked to enter a plea.

Nicholas John Rought, 45, of Princess Street, Shiney Row, was due to appear via videolink to HMP Durham but was unable to do so due to a breakdown in technology. The case will continue on Monday.

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