Men charged over deaths of Wolverhampton couple

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

Three men have been charged with murder in connection with the deaths of an elderly couple in Wolverhampton.

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

Their house was ransacked and two TVs and a black Peugeot car were taken.

The three men have all been charged with two counts of murder and one of aggravated burglary, West Midlands Police said.

'Beautiful and caring'

Wojciech Ostolski, 32, from Wolverhampton, Lieneusz Bartnowski, 21, also from Wolverhampton, and Macaej Kus, 30, from Birmingham, will appear at Wolverhampton Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

Image caption The couple's bodies were found in the bedroom of their home

They were all arrested during Sunday night and Monday morning.

Earlier, it was revealed two flat-screen televisions stolen from the couple's home had been found in Wolverhampton.

The couple's car was found in Wednesfield.

Officers were called to their house at around 2000 BST and found the bodies of the couple, wearing day clothes, in the bedroom.

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.

In a statement released earlier, the family said: "Words cannot describe the devastation that has struck our family.

"Their lives will be sadly missed and this has severely affected our family and a lot of our friends."

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