Man in court charged with murder of South Shields mum-of-two

Melissa Liddle was found dead at the home she shared with Anthony Ross in Oak Avenue, South Shields.
Melissa Liddle was found dead at the home she shared with Anthony Ross in Oak Avenue, South Shields.

A man who is accused of murdering his girlfriend in South Shields on Mothers’ Day has appeared in court.

Anthony Ross spoke only to confirm his name when he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court, by video link to HMP Durham, over the killing of Melissa Liddle.

The 23-year-old mother of two was found dead at the home the couple shared at Oak Avenue, Cleadon Park, South Shields, in March.

Ross, 24, was not asked to enter a plea to the murder charge he faces during the short appearance.

The court heard lawyers involved in the case have both been given extra time to have psychiatric assessments and reports prepared.

Judge Paul Sloan QC told Ross: “I am going to adjourn your case for a further pre-trial review hearing on August 17.

“You will be produced over the link again on that occasion.”

A trial has been listed on September 7.

Judge Sloan adjourned the case and told Ross he was to be remanded in custody.