A MAN is to stand trial later in the year for the alleged killing of his brother.

William Campbell appeared at a short plea hearing at Newcastle Crown Court today, via video link from Durham Prison.

He pleaded not guilty to the murder of brother Samuel Campbell, on Wearside, last month.

The Recorder of Newcastle, Judge Paul Sloan, remanded the 25-year-old defendant, of Allen Court, Stokesley, North Yorkshire, in custody pending a trial at the court, due to start on December 13.

Samuel Campbell was pronounced dead at an address on Park Avenue, in the Silksworth area of Sunderland, in the early hours of Friday June 18.

The deceased, who worked in a city centre pub in Sunderland, was found with life-threatening injuries at the family home and his death was subsequently confirmed at the scene, at about 1am.

William Campbell was arrested at the scene and was subsequently charged with the murder.

A bail application made on his behalf by his counsel, Adam Birkby, was refused by Judge Sloan when the defendant first came before the court, on June 22.


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