A Blackpool man has been charged with murder after a body of a 29-year-old mum was found in a burning car.
William McFall, 50, of Waterloo Road, is due to appear in court tomorrow alongside another man after the discovery was made last week.
He is charged with murdering 29-year-old Quyen Ngoc Nguyen (inset), a business graduate from Vietnam.
The mother of one was discovered by firefighters in a burning car in the village of Shiney Row, near Sunderland, in the early hours of Tuesday.
Friends have paid tribute to Ms Nguyen, who lived in the Killingworth area of North Tyneside, saying she was “beautiful and kind.”
McFall made a first appearance in court alongside Stephen Unwin, 39, of St Oswald’s Terrace, Houghton, Tyne and Wear, who is also charged with the murder, at Newcastle Crown Court on Saturday.
It’s come out of the blue - things like this just don’t happen in Shiney Row.
No details of the case were revealed in the two-minute hearing. Unwin, wearing a grey sweatshirt, and McFall, who wore his glasses on top of his head, confirmed their ages and addresses.
The victim’s body was found by emergency services near allotments in the North East village sparking a manhunt last week.
One woman, who lives in nearby Trinity Park, and did not wish to be named, said she called the police after being woken by a loud noise. “I heard the noise, a bang,” she said. “I looked out and saw the flames - it was a car on fire, you could tell. The police and the fire brigade came straight away.”
Another man, who has kept one of the allotments near where the car was found for around 40 years, said the news was a “terrible shock for the neighbourhood.”
“It’s a quiet and secluded area here,” he said. “It’s come out of the blue - things like this just don’t happen in Shiney Row.”
A spokesperson for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said: “A crew from Rainton Bridge attended a car fire at Success Road in Shiney Row on Tuesday morning. We are continuing to work with Northumbria Police.”
Both McFall and Unwin, who are remanded in custody, are due to appear before magistrates at Newcastle Crown Court tomorrow. Witnesses are asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 39 150817 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.