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Murder accused James Rutherford may stand trial early next year accused of killing Andrew Saint.
Rutherford is accused of attacking the 64-year-old, who died three weeks after he was allegedly assaulted in Bedlington, Northumberland.
Rutherford, 37, made his first appearance at Newcastle Crown Court via a video-link to HMP Durham on Thursday.
The charge was not put to him but a provisional trial date was set for January 12 next year, with a time estimate of seven days.
Judge Paul Sloan QC told him: "I'm going to adjourn this case to a further pre-trial hearing. That will be listed on September 1 and you will be linked in on that date as you have been today.
"You should understand, if you have committed any offence or offences arising out of these allegations, the sooner that's communicated to the court, the better for you, the more credit you will receive. The longer you leave it, the worse it will be for you."
Authentic Italian Cuisine brought to you by our Sicilian Chefs Filippo and his brother Roberto.
With the Millfield being over 150 years old, we have fully refurbished the premises and now can cater for up to 80 people. Our new 2 level restaurant is perfect for that intimate meal for two or a family celebration.
We source all of or ingredients locally and only produce authentic Italian dishes made to the highest standards. Our team of waiting staff will attentively see to your every need making every night special. All wine is sourced and imported from our Italian supplier.
We offer a wide range of Italian Cuisine 7 days a week and traditional Sunday Lunch on a Sunday.
Book our pub for a private function, utilising the 2 floors with food, disco and entertainment.
A reminder for forum users that the Sixtownships website has been updated for June.
We have updated our archives with letters from soldiers on the front-line during World War One.
The letters make fascinating reading and come from the Bedlington, netherton, barrington, tyneside, choppington, alnwick, west sleekburn and other areas.
For those interested have a good read, you never know you may have family from the past having wrote letters.
Read how the use of gas by the Germans affected our soldiers, how villages were destroyed, acts of bravery, and much more, including the ultimate sacrifice, death.
You will never get a better example of life in the trenches and with it written by those who witnessed it.
No one alive today to tell the story, but these letters tell the story.
100 years next year since it all began and we aim to add more letters to our archives in the future.
If you have any letters you would like to share from loved ones from the war, put them on our forum and we will transfer them to our archives.