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PremierLeague-News.Com - James Rutherford is alleged to have murdered Gary Wilkie in the early hours of the morning in the Northumberland seaside town
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A man has appeared in court accused of stabbing is own brother to death in a seaside town. James Rutherford was in the dock in custody after allegedly killing Gary Wilkie in Blyth in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The 34-year-old, who had short brown hair was was wearing a light grey tracksuit, was facing one count each of murder and possession of a bladed article. During the brief hearing at South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court, Rutherford spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and that he was homeless. The charges were read to him but, because of their serious nature, no pleas were taken. Read More:Delivery driver abandoned van in middle of road in darkness after ploughing into school fence Prosecutor, Rebecca Slade, said the case needed to go to the crown court and magistrates didn't have the power to consider bail. She added: "There's nothing more I would add at this stage." Paul Dunn, defending, added: "This court has not got any power to deal with anything other than the sending of the case. Subject to that, I have nothing to address the court on." Rutherford was remanded in custody to next appear at Newcastle Crown Court on Friday, August 5. Chairing magistrate, Keith McIntosh, said: "As our legal advisor said, this matter can only be dealt with by the crown court. There's two charges and one of them is very serious. "So, we're sending this matter to the crown court.
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. You will have another appearance there on August 31 for a pre-trial hearing. Do you understand that? If you could now go with the officer, please." Mr Wilkie, 46, was found seriously injured when officers were called to an alleyway off Duke's Gardens. Police said his injuries were consistent with having been caused by a bladed article. He was treated at the scene but pronounced dead a short time later. Det Insp David Johnson, of Northumbria Police, said: “This is clearly a very serious incident which has been devastating for Gary’s family. Our thoughts are with them at this terrible time, and we will continue to offer them any support they need. “I would also like to thank everybody who has so far assisted with this investigation, including our blue-light partners as well as the public who have come forward with information. “A suspect is now due to appear before the courts and it is important everyone refrains from any speculation, both on social media and out in the wider community, that could jeopardise the live legal proceedings. "I would continue to appeal for anybody who saw anything suspicious in this area at the time, who has not already done so, to get in touch with police.” Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting log NP-20220802-0107. Read Next Lout jailed after assaulting three officers just hours after being in court for similar offences Murder accused called son telling him he 'accidentally killed' mother in Newcastle hotel, jury hears Fisherman broke officer's hand and permanently disfigured his finger during attempted headbutt Locked up in July 2022: Killers, paedophiles, and football hooligans among North East criminals jailed Sunderland delivery driver used 'asthma' as excuse for refusing breath test
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