Two men have appeared in court charged with murder and attempted murder following the death of a man in a suspected ‘hit and run’.

Shaun and Martin Breeze are both charged with the murder of Brian Darby and the attempted murder of three other people.

The 60-year-old died after an incident was reported in the Myton Way/Rings area of Ingleby Barwick, near Stockton, Friday, February, 9, at around 9.30pm.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Brian DarbyBrian Darby (Image: Contributor)

The defendants were warned that their trial could be moved to a different court centre when they appeared at Teesside Crown Court this morning.

It is understood Mr Darby, who had a background in IT, was a project manager with the RSPB and lived in Ingleby Barwick.

Martin Breeze, 56, of Irthing Close, Ingleby Barwick, who appeared at Teesside Crown Court via video link from prison, was not asked to enter pleas to any of the charges during the short hearing.

Shaun Breeze, 29, of Owls Grove, Ingleby Barwick, also appeared in court via a video link and was not asked to enter a plea to the same charges he faces.

He is also charged with an additional offence of perverting the course of justice.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the scene from Friday, February 9Photograph of the scene from Friday, February 9 (Image: TERRY BLACKBURN)

Judge Howard Crowson adjourned the case until May 2 when a preliminary hearing will take place at the same court.

A provisional trial date has been listed for July 8 and both men were remanded in custody.

Mr Darby’s family released a statement through Cleveland Police following his death, they said: “We are completely heartbroken at the sudden loss of our beautiful Brian. Nobody could ever understand just how much he meant to us all.

“He was special in so many ways. He was an absolute gentleman who cared so much about people. He always made time for us; nothing was ever too much trouble for him."