A man today denied murdering his wife and his two-year-old son at their home, when he appeared in court.
Garry Lockhart (33) is accused of assaulting his spouse Janet on December 28 last year at 12 South Chesters Lane, Bonnyrigg, in Midlothian and murdering her.
He is alleged to have placed his hands and arm around her neck and by these means and by other means unknown, compressed her neck, restricted her breathing and strangled her.
On the same date at the same address he is accused of assaulting and murdering his son Michael.
It is alleged that 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 and by other means unknown, restricted his breathing and suffocated him.
Lockhart’s defence solicitor advocate Brian Gilfedder told the High Court in Edinburgh at a preliminary hearing that he was pleading not guilty to both charges.
The judge, Lord Bannatyne, fixed a trial in the case for September 8.