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A man accused of murdering his parents at their home in Elswick has appeared in court.
Martin Ruddy appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates court today charged with the murder of his parents Eric and Carol Ruddy.
Eric, 64, and Carol, 54, (pictured) were found dead at their home on Bentinck Street in Newcastle, on Friday (12th December).
Ruddy, of no fixed address, was sent to Crown Court where he can, if he wishes, make an application for bail.
The public gallery was full and family members cried as Ruddy, dressed in grey, spoke only to confirm his name, age and date of birth.
District Judge Steven Earl remanded Ruddy and told him:
"This being an indictable only case I commit you to the Crown Court at Newcastle where you will appear on January 6th."
UPDATED 15th December 2014 - 6am
28 year old Martin Ruddy age from South Tyneside's charged with two counts of murder and is due to appear before North Tyneside Magistrates' Court this morning.
It follows the deaths of a married couple, 64 year-old Eric and 54-year-old Carol Ruddy who died at their home in Bentinck Street Elswick on Friday, December 12th.
UPDATED 14th December 2014
Northumbria Police have named a couple, who were found with injuries and later died, as Eric and Carol Ruddy from Elswick.
Police received a report from the ambulance service of three people with injuries in an address on Bentinck Street, Elswick.
At around 10.25pm on Friday officers attended the scene where 64-year-old Eric Ruddy and 54-year-old Carol Ruddy were found with life-threatening injuries.
They were taken to the RVI but were later pronounced dead.
A 28-year-old man, who was also taken to hospital with less serious injuries, has been arrested in connection with the incident.
It is believed at this time the three people are known to each other.
Extra officers are in the area carrying out enquiries and providing reassurance.
Speaking on Saturday, DCI Andy Fairlamb from Major Crime said:
"We want to speak to anyone who may have been in the area of Bentinck Street in Elswick between 9pm and 10.30pm last night who may have seen or heard anything suspicious, or out of the ordinary, to contact police straightaway."
"Police are treating the deaths as suspicious and are asking for help from the community in order to piece together the events that led up this incident."
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