Two in court over man's murder
Two men have appeared in court charged with murdering a vulnerable disabled man.
James Wheatley, 28, and Barry Imray, 31, both from Newcastle, appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court accused of killing Lee Irving.
The pair, who were both dressed in grey jumpers, spoke to confirm their names and were told their case would be sent to Crown Court.
Mr Irving, 24, of Camperdown, East Denton, was described by Northumbria Police as having learning difficulties and was found dead on a grassed area in Fawdon, Newcastle, on Saturday morning.
Two men aged 50 and 23 and two women aged 50 and 20 who were also arrested have been bailed pending further inquiries.
Yesterday a statement from Mr Irving's family described him as "a wonderful young man" who was "loved by many".
They recalled that he loved ice-skating, going to the pictures and enjoying life.
The statement added: "He will be very sadly missed by all who knew him.
"What we have lost is irreplaceable and we must live with our loss every day. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us at this devastating time. Lee will always remain in our hearts and thoughts."