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Three in court over deaths of Wolverhampton couple

Guiseppe Massaro and his wife Caterina
Image caption The couple's home had been ransacked

Three men have appeared in court in Wolverhampton over the deaths of an elderly couple in the city.

Guiseppe Massaro, 80, and his wife Caterina, 77, were attacked with a knife and hammer in their home in Woden Road, Park Village, on Friday.

Wojciech Ostolski, 32, Macaej Kus, 30, of Wolverhampton, and Lieneusz Bartnowski, 21, of no fixed abode, each face two murder charges.

They were remanded into custody and are due at the city's crown court on 4 May.

The men, who have also been charged with aggravated burglary, have not yet entered any pleas.

Mr Kus, 30, and Mr Ostolski, 32, both of Chervil Rise, Heath Town, and Mr Bartnowski listened to the case through the use of three Polish interpreters during Thursday's hearing at Wolverhampton Magistrates' Court.

Mr and Mrs Massaro, who had two children and a number of grandchildren, moved to England from Italy in 1960.

Their grandchildren said they were "beautiful and caring" people.

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