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Pensioner killings: Leo Barnes denies Halesowen and Belsize Park murders

Cynthia Beamond Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Cynthia Beamond died from head injuries

A man has denied murdering two pensioners found dead at their homes.

Leo Barnes, 32, is accused of killing Cynthia Beamond, 80, from Halesowen, West Midlands and Philip Silverstone, 67, from Belsize Park, London, on consecutive days in June.

Mrs Beamond died from head injuries, while Mr Silverstone had been stabbed.

Mr Barnes, from Runcorn Road in the Balsall Heath area of Birmingham, is due back at Wolverhampton Crown Court for trial on 15 January.

The body of Mrs Beamond was found concealed in her home on 29 June after she was reported missing by her family.

Mr Silverstone was found at his flat on 30 June.

Mr Barnes was remanded in custody.

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