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Man ‘murdered mum Bennylyn Burke & daughter, 2, before burying them under kitchen at Dundee home’ and ‘raped girl, 7’

A DUNDEE man is accused of murdering a mum and her two-year-old daughter before hiding their bodies under a kitchen floor.

Andrew Innes is alleged to have killed Bennylyn Burke, 25, and Jellica Burke at a house in the city's Troon Avenue.

Prosecutors claim the 51-year-old also raped a seven-year-old girl.

Innes today faced the charges as he appeared via video-link at the High Court in Glasgow.

The alleged murders are said to have occurred between February 20 and March 5 this year.

It is claimed Innes stabbed Bennylyn on the body with a knife as well as repeatedly striking her on the head with a hammer and the handle of the blade.

The indictment alleges Innes murdered her two-year-old daughter Jellica and that he did "asphyxiate her by means unknown".

Innes then faces a charge of attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

This includes a claim that he did wrap the body of Bennylyn in a rubble bag, blanket and tarpaulin and then concealed the corpse in concrete under the kitchen floor at the Troon Avenue property.

Jellica's naked body is also said to have been hidden there.

The charge also features a claim that Innes told police investigating Bennylyn's whereabouts that he had driven her, Jellica and another child to the Old Inns Cafe in Cumbernauld, Lanarkshire on February 28.

He is said to have told the officers he left them with an "unknown male" and that he had no contact with them afterwards.

'RAPED' GIRL

The 51-year-old is separately accused of assaulting, raping and attempting to rape a child as well detaining her against her will at the house in Dundee.

This is also said to have happened between the same dates of the alleged murders.

No plea was entered at the hearing today.

Innes had no lawyer acting for him in court but the nature of the charges means he must get legal representation for any possible trial.

Prosecutor Alex Prentice QC told the court: "I understand that he (Innes) has made an application for legal aid and that was refused.

NO LAWYER

"He has instructed an Edinburgh solicitor (Stephen Knowles) on a very limited mandate.

"I have been in touch with the solicitor in person today and he has knowledge of the case.

"My understanding is (Innes) does not intend to instruct legal representation for further hearings.

"The Crown then moves that Mr Knowles is appointed by the court."

Lord Armstrong confirmed with Innes what was stated by Mr Prentice was right.

The judge went on: "Given the nature of the case, I am going to formally appoint a solicitor. You have no difficulty with that?"

Innes replied: "That is correct."

The case was adjourned until a further hearing in December.

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