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Jury hears of desperate 999 call from house where man is accused of murdering parents

Eric and Carol Ruddy, who were murdered at their home in Newcastle. Their son, Martin, has been accused of killing them.
Eric and Carol Ruddy, who were murdered at their home in Newcastle. Their son, Martin, has been accused of killing them.

A desperate call for help was made from the house where South Tyneside man Martin Ruddy is accused of murdering his parents on the night of their deaths, a court heard today.

The 48-second 999 call was made from Eric and Carol Ruddy’s landline, by a female, who said “Please hurry up”.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the call was made at about 9.30pm on December 12 last year - the night Ruddy, 29, is claimed to have strangled his 54-year-old mum with cable and bludgeoned his 64-year-old dad.

It is claimed Ruddy then staged a burglary at the house and caused injuries to himself so he could blame hooded intruders for the killings.

It was almost an hour after the short call was made that Ruddy turned up at a neighbour’s house with a pair of scissors sticking out of his chest, claiming the family had been attacked by strangers.

The neighbour made a 999 call at around 10.25pm, which police immediately responded to.

When officers arrived at the house, in Bentinck Avenue, Elswick, Newcastle, shortly after 10.30pm, the couple were dead.

Ruddy, from South Tyneside, denies two charges of murder.

The court heard on the day of his parents’ deaths, Ruddy had been on a shopping trip with his mum to Asda and had been due to look after his children while his wife, who he had recently split from, went out that night.

Jurors have heard Ruddy’s wife made repeated attempts to get in touch with him when he failed to turn up that evening, but all her calls went unanswered.

Ruddy denies two charges of murder.

The trial continues.