A MAN appeared in court yesterday charged with murdering a pensioner.

The body of Kenneth Scott, 66, was discovered in his ground-floor flat in Gray Road, Hendon, Sunderland, on Sunday. A post-mortem examination revealed he died from stab wounds.

Mark Gorringe, 20, who lived in the same apartment block, appeared at Sunderland Magistrates' Court. He was committed to Newcastle Crown Court, to appear next Wednesday.

Police said a woman who was also arrested in connection with Mr Scott's death, has been released and will face no charges.