Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was found dead in Gateshead last night. John Roberts died of head injuries.
He was facing charges of child abduction and was last seen when he appeared in court on Thursday.
Police are now trying to piece together what happened in the days before his death.
Here is the full report from Lucy Taylor.
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Sandiford, a former legal secretary originally from Redcar, was convicted of drug smuggling offences and sentenced to death in 2013.
Durham Crown Court heard that one of the male victims suffered a triple-fractured jaw, while left lying in the gutter, unconscious.