South Shields man accused of parents’ murder admits being a drug dealer

Martin Ruddy.
Martin Ruddy.
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A man accused of murdering his parents has denied he is a killer but admitted being a drug dealer.

 Martin Ruddy, from South Tyneside, is accused of bludgeoning his father Eric, 64, and strangling his mother Carol, 54, at their home in Newcastle in December then staging a fake aggravated burglary so he could blame hooded intruders.

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.

 Giving evidence for the second day of his murder trial at Newcastle Crown Court, the 29-year-old gave a detailed account of his family coming under attack during a raid.

 He told jurors the family home in Elswick, Newcastle, was targeted by strangers dressed in black as he watched television with his parents.

 He said at least two men barged into the house when his father answered a knock at the door and claimed to have been knocked unconscious when his parents were killed.

 Ruddy, who frequently broke down in tears while giving evidence, repeatedly denied prosecution claims he had killed his parents then staged a fake raid.

 But he admitted, despite being a bodybuilder and an experienced doorman, he put up little fight against the claimed attackers.

 He said: “I didn’t help my mam and dad, no.”

 During his evidence, Ruddy confessed he was a drug dealer and said he had 
been selling cocaine in the weeks leading up to the killings.

 He said just hours before his parents’ deaths, he had briefly left their home to carry out a £875 deal.

 Ruddy admitted he had said nothing about his involvement in the drugs 
trade when he was questioned by detectives in the aftermath of the murders.

 He told jurors: “I panicked”.

 Ruddy told jurors he would supply cocaine to friends, who would then sell it on to customers in £50 bags.

 Ruddy said on the night of the killings the family were attacked by raiders wearing black clothes and gloves.

 He said he was knocked unconscious by the attackers.

 Ruddy told jurors: “When I came to and I turned towards the front door I saw dad. I went towards him to see how he was . He wouldn’t respond.”

 Ruddy said he left the house to get help, then returned to his parents’ home with neighbours, who contacted the police.

 Ruddy denies two charges of murder.