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Murder accused James Rutherford has today appeared in court over the death of Andrew Saint.
The 64-year-old died in hospital almost three weeks after he was allegedly attacked at a home in Bedlington.
Northumbria Police say Mr Saint was found with a serious head injury after emergency services were called to the home, on Pioneer Terrace, at around 7pm on February 23.
He was taken to hospital where he passed away on March 13.
A 37-year-old man was arrested on the night of the incident and released under investigation.
Yesterday Mr Rutherford, of Pioneer Terrace, was charged with murder.
When I used to knock around Bedlington with a few mates from Westridge we knew how to amuse ourselves. Knowing how to hockle well was a talent worth cultivating. Harry Wilson was the undisputed master. He knew how to howk up a pellet of phlegm, shape it to give it just the right heft and aerodynamics and propel it over an amazingly long distance with impressive accuracy. Once lying around on the grass at the tennis courts behind Holymount Square I saw him, from a sitting position, his back against the high chain link fence around the tennis courts, unleash a spectacular hockle straight up into the air and backwards over the fence onto the tennis court. We knew how to have a good time.