Hostel murder: Man in court; SUSPECT CHARGED WITH KILLING 61-YEAR-OLD.
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG
A SUSPECT was in court today charged with murder after a body was found at a hostel.
Spencer Barnes, 34, was appearing before Newcastle Magistrates' Court, in connection with the death of 61-year-old Tony Steven Petersen.
Mr Petersen's body was found in a room at the Westgate House Hotel, in Newcastle's West End, on Sunday evening.
Both the victim and Mr Barnes lived at the guesthouse guest·house
1. A small house or cottage adjacent to a main house, used for lodging guests.
2. A bed-and-breakfast. , on Graingerville South.
A post mortem [Latin, After death.] Pertaining to matters occurring after death. A term generally applied to an autopsy or examination of a corpse in order to ascertain the cause of death or to the inquisition for that purpose by the Coroner . carried out on Monday revealed Mr Petersen died of head injuries.
Police were called to the hostel, at around 5.30pm on Sunday, and a murder investigation, led by Det Chief Insp Mark Anastasi, of Northumbria Police Northumbria Police is the Home Office police force responsible for policing the areas of Northumberland and Tyne and Wear in England. The service is the sixth largest police constabulary in England or Wales. As of April 2005, the current Chief Constable is Mike Craik. was launched.
It is understood that members of Mr Petersen's immediate family, who do not live in the North East, have travelled to Tyneside. A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: "Police can now confirm that Spencer Adam Barnes, aged 34, of Westgate House Hotel, Graingerville South Newcastle, has been charged with murder and is due to appear before Newcastle Magistrates' Court."
The guesthouse was cordoned off by police tape on Monday while the death was investigated.
People living nearby told the Chronicle they saw police cars arrive at around 7pm on Sunday, and that officers stayed at the hotel until the early hours of the morning.
Hotel worker Fahad Khan khan
Historically, the ruler or monarch of a Mongol tribe. Early on a distinction was made between the title of khan and that of khakan, or “great khan.” Later the term khan was adopted by the Seljuq and Khwarezm-Shah dynasties as a title for the highest , who works at the Grainger Hotel across the road, said he saw the commotion last night.
The 29-year-old said: "I saw the police cars coming in at about 7pm.
"There were quite a few of them but I didn't know what was happening."
And a resident who did not want to be named added: "When I got home last night there were two cop cars outside and a lot of officers around."
Westgate House Hotel sits between the Anglo-Asian Club and the Grainger Sports and Social Club, off Westgate Road.
INVESTIGATION: The Westgate House Hotel