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Wolverhampton Massaro couple: Man denies murder

Guiseppe Massaro and his wife Caterina
Image caption The couple were found dead at their home in Wolverhampton in April

A 21-year-old man has denied killing an elderly Italian couple who were found dead at their Wolverhampton home.

Ireneusz Bartnowski, from Poland, pleaded not guilty at Wolverhampton Crown Court to the murders of Guiseppe and Caterina Massaro.

Mr Bartnowski, of no fixed abode, was remanded into custody until a further administrative hearing later this week.

He is expected to face trial at the same court in January over the killing of the couple on 21 April.

The defendant entered his plea through a Polish interpreter.

The bodies of Mr Massaro, 80, and his 77-year-old wife were found at an address in Woden Road, Heath Town.

Charges dropped

Mr Bartnowski was originally charged with murder along with two other men.

Police said charges have since been dropped against Macaej Kus, 30, of Wolverhampton, who has been released from custody.

The charge of murder has also been dropped against Wojciech Ostolski, 32, of Wolverhampton, although he has been charged with handling stolen goods.

Mr Ostolski has pleaded not guilty to handling stolen goods and will next appear at court on Friday for a further administrative hearing.

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