Northumbria Police have staged a reconstruction of the last movements of a Gateshead man before his murder.
John Roberts, 32, was found dead in his home on Park Terrace in Winlaton on 16th December 2012.
Actors have been retracing his steps from the hours before his death.
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The incident took place on Sunday October 4th close to Marton Road in the town.
71-year-old Robert Howard was in jail at HMP Frankland and was due to give evidence at a re-ordered inquest in Belfast.
The victim, a Leeds woman aged in her fifties, was walking her animal along Bootham in York on Friday evening at around 8pm.