Man appears in court charged with murder of dad and gran

A son has appeared in court today charged with the murder of his father and grandmother in Benton.

Glen Patterson is charged with killing 82-year-old Clara Patterson and 61-year-old Ray Patterson at their home on Front Street in Benton on Saturday night.

The 25-year-old appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates Court this morning in a five minute hearing, before being remanded in custody until February 27, 2014 when he will appear at Newcastle Crown Court.

Prosecutor Keith Laidlaw told the court the pair died as the result of “quite a number of stabbings.”