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South Tyneside man in court accused of murdering his parents

REMANDED: Martin Ruddy.
REMANDED: Martin Ruddy.

SOUTH Tyneside man Martin Ruddy is led from court tonight after being accused of murdering his parents.

Ruddy, 28, faced two counts of murder when he appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court this afternoon.

Eric Ruddy, 64, and his 54-year-old wife Carol, died at their home in Bentinck Street, Elswick, Newcastle, on Friday.

Police had been called to the house shortly before 10.30pm.

The couple were taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, where they were later pronounced dead.

It is believed Mrs Ruddy was a disabled wheelchair-user and her husband, a former binman, was her carer.

Ruddy, dressed in a grey jumper, spoke only to confirm his name, age and to give his address when he appeared in court.

No pleas to the charges were entered during the brief hearing.

Judge Steven Earl said the case was so serious that it could only be dealt with at Newcastle Crown Court.

Ruddy, who is from South Tyneside but gave his address as no fixed abode in court, will appear at the crown court on January 6.

Judge Earl remanded him in custody until then, though a bail application can be made on his behalf at a crown court hearing set for Wednesday.

Judge Earl told Ruddy: “This being an indictable case, I commit the matter to Newcastle Crown Court.

“An application for bail can be made at a hearing at a Newcastle Crown Court on December 17.”