A man has been tried for the murder of a mother and her two-year-old daughter.
Andrew Innes is charged with killing Bennylyn Burke, 25, and her child Jellica Burke at a house on Troon Avenue, Dundee, between February 20 and March 5, 2021.
Prosecutors allege the 51-year-old man then hid the body under the property’s kitchen floor and further charges that he also raped a young girl.
The case was heard in Glasgow High Court yesterday.
“He pleads not guilty to this indictment,” defense attorney Brian McConaughey said at the hearing.
The QC described the case as “complex and unusual”.
He added that a number of psychiatric and psychological investigations had been conducted into Innes since the last hearing in September last year.
Mr McConaughey: “The situation is that the necessary defence investigations have produced further investigations that need to be conducted.”
However, both the defence and prosecutor Alex Prentice QC agreed the trial could be repaired.
Lord Pentland then set the trial to begin in Edinburgh on January 30 next year.
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The case will be heard by Lord Beckett.
Mr Prentice said he expected to call about 14 witnesses for a trial that could last eight days.
Further hearings will be held before the trial in August.
Innes took leave yesterday. The court had previously had to appoint a lawyer to act on his behalf.
Innes allegedly stabbed Bennylyn in the body with a knife and repeatedly struck her in the head with a hammer and the handle of a knife.
Innes murdered her two-year-old daughter, Jellica, and that he did “suffocate her in an unknown manner,” the indictment said.
Innes then faced charges of attempting to undermine justice.
This includes claiming that he did wrap Bennylyn’s body in rubble bags, blankets and tarpaulins, and then used concrete to hide the body under the kitchen floor of the Troon Avenue property.
It is said that Jericha’s nudes are also hidden there.
The allegation also claims that Innes told police to investigate the whereabouts of Bennylyn, who took her, Jellica and another child to the Old Inns cafe in Cumbernauld, Lanarkshire, on February 28.
He is said to have told police he left them with an “unknown male” and he has not contacted them since.
Innes also allegedly pretended to a young girl that Bennylyn was in hospital and Jellica was in Bristol.
Innes has been charged with assault, rape and attempted rape of a child, respectively, as well as detaining her against her will at her Dundee house.
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