TWO teenagers have appeared in court charged with murder.

Zoe Warren, 19, and Kieran Adey, 18, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court by videolink.

They are accused of killing 29-year-old Mark Shaw, known as ‘Sharky’, before Christmas.

The father-of-one was found dead in a bedroom of his house in Pine Street, Grange Villa, near Chester-le-Street.

Mr Shaw had been subjected to a prolonged attack, but a post mortem examination has revealed he died from a single stab wound.

Miss Warren, whose address was given as Hexham, Washington, and Mr Adey, of Queen Street, Grange Villa, have not yet entered formal pleas.

A new trial date has been fixed for both defendants on October 3 and is expected to last eight to ten days.

A pre-trial hearing has been arranged for June 12.

Two men, aged 22 and 19, and an 18-year-old woman, remain on police bail while inquiries continue.