Two men have appeared in court via video link, accused of killing a woman whose body was found in a burning car.
William McFall, 50, of Waterloo Road, South Shore, and Stephen Unwin, 39, of St Oswald’s Terrance in Houghton, did not enter a plea during the brief hearing at Newcastle Crown Court, and were told they would be kept in custody ahead of further pre-trial appearance in November.
The pair were charged with murder after firefighters found 29-year-old Quyen Ngoc Nguyen’s body inside a car in Shiney Row, near Sunderland, last Tuesday morning.
Her family and friends sat in the public gallery, wearing white mourning headbands and clutching a picture of her, as judge Paul Sloan said McFall and Unwin’s next appearance would be on Monday, November 13.
A trial, which may last three weeks, has been listed for January 2018, though the date is subject to change.
Speaking outside court after a previous court hearing, a friend of Ms Nguyen said she left behind a son, and added: “She’s the most beautiful and kind girl. Everyone loves her.
“Since she died, people from all over the UK have come here, from Birmingham and London.”