A MAN accused of murdering his brother will deny the charge but accept killing him, a judge was told today.

Vincent Bell, 35, appeared at Teesside Crown Court on a live video-link from Durham Prison for a brief hearing.

He did not enter a plea, and no application for bail was made by his barrister, Tony Davis.

A potential date for a trial – expected to last four to five days – was set for August 12 by Judge Stephen Ashurst.

Mr Davis told the judge: “I can confirm the defendant does accept that his actions have led to the death of his brother.

“There is lack of homicidal intent. It is likely that self-defence will raise its head, as will the mechanics of the incident itself.”

Mr Bell, of Turnbull Close, Gilesgate, Durham, was remanded back into custody until his next appearance.

His brother Damian Banks, 34, died after suffering stab wounds in the early hours of Saturday at a house in Durham.