A MAN has this morning appeared in court accused of murdering a 25-year-old at the weekend.

Richard Alexander Lee is accused of the murder of Ryan Thompson who died of stab wounds following an incident in Gregson Street, Sacriston, late on Saturday night.

Mr Lee, of Viola Crescent, Sacriston, appeared in the dock at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court at 10.30am and in a brief hearing spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

No plea was given.

District Judge Tim Capstick sent the case to Newcastle Crown Court on Wednesday and remanded Mr Lee into custody until that hearing.