A man from Washington has been charged with murder dating back to an incident in 2013.
Joseph Leach was assaulted just days before Christmas, back in December 2013.
He suffered “serious injuries” following an incident on Woodland Terrace in Washington.
Joseph received hospital treatment at Newcastle’s RVI but later died from his injuries in April 2015.
Detectives investigating the assault have now charged 31-year-old Karl Pascoe, from Blackfell, Washington, with murder.
He is due to appear before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on April 15.