Four Croatians set for trial over Newcastle United star Alexander Isak's mansion break in

The Swedish striker's car was taken during the raid but was found abandoned three miles away in Dissington.

Four Croatian nationals charged with burglary after Newcastle United star Alexander Isak's mansion was broken into face trial later this year.

The three men and one woman are accused of taking cash and a vehicle from the detached home in Darras Hall, in a suburb of Newcastle, on Thursday, April 4, when it is believed the footballer was out.

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The Swedish striker's car was swiped during the raid but was found abandoned three miles away in the remote village of Dissington.

All four appeared at Newcastle Crown Court this morning, where the charges were not read out but the defendants will be asked to enter pleas later this afternoon.

They have the assistance of an Italian interpreter at the hearings.

Judge Paul Sloan KC said a trial, which could take ten days, will start on September 9 and all four were remanded in custody in the meantime.

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Judge Sloan told them: "I am adjourning your cases for trial. I have fixed a trial date and that date is September 9 this year.

"There will be two pre-trial hearings before that date and they will be on July 9 and August 15.

"Those pre-trial hearings are to ensure everything that needs to be done has been done so that your cases are ready for trial in September."

Judge Sloan said the case will be relisted later today so the defendants can formally enter pleas to the charges they face.

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The group are also accused of breaking into to a home on Woodlands Grove in Sunderland, where designer clothes, jewellery and cash were stolen to the value of more than £100,000.

They are also charged with breaking into a property on Clayton Road in Jesmond on March 31, where more clothes and jewellery were taken.

Three men, Valentino Nikolov, 31, Giacomo Nikolov, 27, Jela Jovanvic, 42, and Charlie Jovanovic, 23, face three burglary offences.

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The female, Jela Jovanvic, 42, is charged with the same offences.

Update

All four defendants have denied a single charge of conspiracy to commit burglary. The details of the allegation are that between the March 26 2024 and April 5 2024 they conspired together to enter dwellings as trespassers, namely at Clayton House, Jesmond, Newcastle, Woodlands Grove, Whitburn, Sunderland and Middle Drive, Darras Hall, Newcastle. Three men, Valentino Nikolov, 31, Giacomo Nikolov, 27, Charlie Jovanovic, 23, and the female, Jela Jovanvic, 42, all entered a not guilty plea to the charge. Judge Paul Sloan said: "What is alleged is a conspiracy to burgle, that simply means an agreement to burgle houses, with the intention that the agreement would be carried out. "It is alleged that the agreement was carried out in that three houses were burgled."