Police have this afternoon named Anthony Hughes, aged 44, from the Newcastle area as being the victim of a murder at an address in Wilmot Drive
A post-mortem examination gave Mr Hughes’ cause of death as substantial head and facial injuries, although more tests have yet to be carried out.
Two men charged with murder appeared before magistrates in Newcastle this morning, Monday.
Steven Yeomans, aged 43, of Wilmot Drive, Newcastle, and Andrew Scott, aged 28, of Price Street, Newcastle, have been remanded to next appear on January 20. A bail hearing is scheduled for Thursday 2 January.
The other three men arrested have been bailed, pending further inquiries, to a later date.