Two men have been charged with the murder of a young Vietnamese mother whose body was discovered in a burning car last week in the village of Shiney Row, Sunderland, England.
The lifeless body of 29-year-old Quyen Ngoc Nguyen, from the Killingworth area of North Tyneside, was found in the early hours on Tuesday after local emergency services responded to a call that a car was on fire in Success Road, Daily Mail reports.
The offenses were reportedly deemed so serious that the case could only be heard at Crown Court, where the suspects spoke only to confirm their name, address, and date of birth.
Stephen Unwin, 39, of St Oswald’s Terrace, Houghton, and William McFall, 50, of Waterloo Road, Blackpool were charged during their appearance at Newcastle Crown Court last Saturday.
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“You will be remanded in custody until the 22nd when you will be brought back to this building but in a crown court setting,” the chairman of the bench told them.
Quyen Ngoc Nguyen’s relatives and friends wore white mourning headbands while clutching a picture of the victim as they sat in the public gallery during the hearing.
“She’s the most beautiful and kind girl, everyone loves her,” a friend of the victim was quoted as saying. “Since she died people from all over the UK have come here, from Birmingham and London.”
‘They have come here to see her for the last time, to see a picture of her, even though they cannot see her body. She didn’t see her son or her parents, no one seen her. She had a little son,” the friend said, adding that Nguyen was working, and studied for an MBA in the UK.