South Shields man faces trial over series of alleged sex offences

A man accused of a series of sex offences faces a trial by jury next year.
Newcastle Crown CourtNewcastle Crown Court
Newcastle Crown Court

Paul Hunter was not required to attend for his first crown court hearing today due to the current coronavirus restrictions on the justice system.

The 30-year-old, of Marshall Wallis Road, South Shields, faces three charges of rape, one of sexual assault and three of sexual assault.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

During a short hearing at Newcastle Crown Court a trial has been listed on May 4 next year.

Judge Paul Sloan QC said a pre-trial hearing will take place on September 14, which Hunter, who was granted conditional bail at a previous magistrates' court hearing, is expected to attend.

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this free-to-read site, I am asking you to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper.

Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspaper.

Thank you

How to subscribe to the print edition

It’s easy to subscribe to your local newspaper. We have arranged a special 20 per cent off subscription offer for people to take advantage of. Visit, choose the newspaper title, the type of subscription and enter your details.