South Tyneside man accused of murdering his parents is ‘in shock’

REMANDED: Martin Ruddy.
REMANDED: Martin Ruddy.

A SOUTH Tyneside man accused of murdering his parents is “in shock”, a court has heard.

Martin Ruddy is claimed to have killed his dad Eric, 64, and mum Carol, 54, at their home in Newcastle on Friday.

The 28-year-old appeared at the city’s crown court today via videolink to HMP Durham.

Ruddy, who was wearing a prison-issue grey sweatshirt, spoke only to confirm his name, and was not asked to enter a plea to the two charges of murder.

A plea hearing will be held at the court on April 1 next year and a trial, which could take up to three weeks, has been listed for June 8.

Ruddy’s barrister Robin Patton said: “He is in shock at the moment.”

Judge John Milford QC adjourned the case until next year and remanded Ruddy in custody in the meantime.

The judge told him: “You will be tried by a judge of the High Court, at this court, on June 8.

“You are in custody and you will stay in custody.”

No application for bail was made during the short hearing.