Victim's partner accused of murder.
Clare Nicholls, 28, of Arthur Street, Chilton, near Ferryhill, County Durham “Durham county” redirects here. For other uses, see Durham County.
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Bespectacled Nicholls, dressed in a pink top, appeared in the dock at Newton Aycliffe Coordinates: Newton Aycliffe is a town in County Durham, England. Founded in 1947 under the New Towns Act of 1946, it is the oldest new town in the north of England. It has a population of 29,000 people (source: Greate Aycliffe Town Council, 2007). Magistrates Court alongside her brother, Simon Nicholls For the baseball player, see .
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Nicholls grew up in Oxford and was educated at Christ Church Cathedral School (Oxford) and St Edward's School (Oxford) before reading law at , 23, and another man, Steven Martin, 44.
All three were said to live at the same address, Arthur Street, Chilton. They were arrested on Thursday after a lengthy police investigation.
The court was told that Clare and Simon Nicholls were arrested in Arthur Street and Martin at an address in Jarrow, South Tyneside South Tyneside is a metropolitan borough in Tyne and Wear in North East England.
It is bordered by four other boroughs - Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead to the west, Sunderland in the south, and North Tyneside to the north. .
A woman, 51, believed to be the Nicholls' mother, was also arrested but was later released without charge.
The three accused appeared in the dock flanked by prison officers. Clare Nicholls was refused an application for bail and remanded in custody to appear at Teesside Crown Court on August 21.
Her two co-accused, who made no applications for bail, were also remanded in custody to the same date.
As they were led away, a woman relative of Mr Gardner, believed to be his mother, shouted abuse at them.
Father-of-four Mr Gardner, 35, who was originally from Bensham, Gateshead, was pronounced dead by paramedics at the rented house on Arthur Street, Chilton, in the early hours of March 13.
A post-mortem revealed he died of multiple injuries.