A MAN has appeared in court accused of killing a Hartlepool dad.
Paul Sutton, 28, is charged with the manslaughter of Mark Dixon who died after an incident in Hartlepool town centre in October.
Sutton, was due to make his first court appearance at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court on December 31, but his case was brought forward and he appeared in court this week.
During the hearing a district judge transferred the manslaughter charge to Teesside Crown Court where Sutton will now appear on Tuesday, December 23.
A condition of residence which is part of his bail was changed to Fordham Road, Sunderland.
Sutton’s solicitor Neil Taylor said he had changed address.
He did not make a plea to the charge during the short hearing.
Sutton was also made the subject of an electronic tag between 10pm and 5.30am.
Mark was assaulted in Victoria Road, Hartlepool, close to its junction with York Road, just after 4am on October 5.
He suffered serious head injuries and he was taken to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, but sadly died around a week later on October 11.
His death sent shock waves around the town and floral tributes are still on display at the scene.
More than 200 people packed into St Laurence Church, in Pittington, for his funeral.
Mark, who worked for Britton Decoflex, on Hartlepool’s Oaksway Trading Estate, left behind many loved ones including a five-year-old daughter, Ella, and wife Lorraine who he lived with in Peterlee.