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Garry Lockhart denies murdering wife and son in Midlothian home

Janet Lockhart and her son Michael Image copyright Police pic
Image caption The bodies of Janet Lockhart and her son Michael were discovered on 28 December 2013

A man has denied murdering his wife and his two-year-old son at their Midlothian home.

Garry Lockhart, 33, is accused of murdering his spouse Janet on 28 December 2013 at a house in South Chesters Lane, Bonnyrigg.

He is alleged to have placed his hands and arm around her neck and by these means compressed her neck, restricted her breathing and strangled her.

On the same date at the address he is accused of murdering his son, Michael.

It is alleged he placed and held a pillow over his face, placed his hands over his nose and mouth, pinched and held his nose and by these means restricted his breathing and suffocated him.

Lockhart's defence solicitor advocate Brian Gilfedder told the High Court in Edinburgh at a preliminary hearing he was pleading not guilty to both charges.

The judge, Lord Bannatyne, fixed a trial in the case for 8 September.

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