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Man accused of double murder in Inverness appears in court

By Ali Morrison

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A 24-year-old man appeared at the High Court in Glasgow yesterday accused of murdering two men and attempting to murder a woman in a house in Inverness.

David Sinders is charged with murdering 35-year-old Gary MacKay and 28-year-old Dwayne MacLeay by stabbing them repeatedly on the body with a knife.

The offence is alleged to have taken place in Balloan Road on May 28.

Sinders is also charged with attempting to murder Kimberley Nicholson by striking her on the body with a knife on the same date at the same address.

Defence QC Shelagh McCall has not entered a plea on behalf of Sinders and it is claimed he is unfit for trial.

The court heard that a defence psychiatrist says Sinders is unfit for trial, while two prosecution psychiatrists claim he is fit to stand trial.

The case was continued until January 8 to allow the defence to instruct a further psychiatrist.

Judge Lady Stacey told Sinders, who appeared via a video link from the State Hospital: “This will be continued to hear if there is agreement between doctors or if there will have to be a hearing of evidence.”

In the meantime Lady Stacey continued Sinders' treatment order at the State Hospital.

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