Washington man Christopher Graham due to stand trial accused of murdering Simon Bowman in his Jarrow flat
The trial looks set to begin of a man who denies murdering Washington man Simon Bowman in his Jarrow town centre flat.
Wearside man Christopher Graham faces the allegation following the death of the 54-year-old, who was found dead inside his home address in High Street just after noon on Tuesday, May 14, this year.
Graham, 30, of Romney Avenue, Washington, will stand trial at Newcastle Crown Court with the case listed to start on Monday, December 2.
In the wake of the grandfather’s death, Northumbria Police confirmed Mr Bowman had not been seen since the Sunday, with an inquiry launched into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.
At the time, his friends Mick and Kelly Collingwood led the tributes to Mr Bowman, saying they had been "very saddened" to learn of his passing.
They said: "He was a devoted father, grandfather and best friend, a man who made mistakes in the past, however, he battled back to regain a place in society.
"To us he was a loving caring man with a big heart.
“He will be a great loss to us all."
As the investigation got under way, the senior investigating officer in the case, Detective Superintendent John Bent, offered reassurances to the community and said that it was “an isolated incident, not a random attack between strangers.”
Extra police officers were drafted into the town to carry out additional patrols as inquiries got underway, while specially-trained officers were supporting Mr Bowman’s family.