A man accused of killing 40-year-old Jasreet Klare in Bishop Auckland on Sunday has appeared in court charged with his murder.

Inderjit Klare struggled to contain his emotions throughout the hearing and spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.

The 42-year-old, of Eve Lane, Spennymoor, made a brief appearance at Teesside Crown Court this afternoon (Friday, October 14).

He was arrested after police were called to Tenters Steet, Bishop Auckland, shortly before 5am on Sunday (October 9) morning following reports of an assault.

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Paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service also attended and pronounced Mr Klare dead at the scene.

A police corden was put in place on Sunday and Monday outside the Carter’s fish and chip shop on Tenters Sreet while police continued their investigations.

Jasreet’s devastated fiancée Emma paid tribute to him on Thursday evening, saying: “Our hearts are broken, and our lives will never be the same.

“We all love you unreal amounts and will miss you terribly. “Our family need time to process what has happened and request that we are afforded privacy at this time.”

The defendant was remanded in custody until his next hearing in December when he is expected to enter a plea to the charge.

No bail application was made and a provisional trial date was set for March 27 next year.

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