A MAN accused of murdering a South Tyneside woman was due to make his first appearance in crown court today.
Daniel William Johnson has been charged with killing 24-year-old Gemma Finnigan in her home in Church View, Boldon Colliery.
Miss Finnigan’s body was found in the home she shared with Johnson at 11.05am on Friday after concerns were raised for her safety.
Johnson, 32, was arrested on Friday and appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Monday charged with murder.
During a short hearing, the court heard the case was so serious it must be dealt with at Newcastle Crown Court.
Johnson was remanded in custody and was due to appear before a judge at Newcastle this morning.
Police are still investigating Miss Finnigan’s death and would like to hear from anyone who saw a black Vauxhall Corsa, registration DG52 ZGK, in the hours before she was killed. The car is believed to have been driven between Boldon Colliery and Kenton in Newcastle between 3.30am and 6.45am on Friday, September 13.
The vehicle has been recovered by police and officers want to hear from anyone who may have seen the vehicle being driven or parked up during this time.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.