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23-year-old charged with murders of two men appears in Inverness Sheriff Court

By Ali Morrison

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A 23-year-old Latvian has appeared in private yesterday at Inverness Sheriff Court charged with the murders of two men in Inverness.

David Sinders made no plea to charges of repeatedly striking 35-year-old Gary MacKay and 28-year-old Dwayne MacLeay on the body with a knife and murdering them in Balloan Road last Thursday.

He was represented by Inverness solicitor John MacColl, was committed for further examination and remanded in custody by Sheriff Eilidh Macdonald. There was no application for bail.

Mr MacColl said after his client's appearance: "I can confirm he has been made the subject of a psychiatric assessment."

Sinders is also charged with the attempted murder of 27-year-old Kimberley Nicholson by repeatedly striking her on the body with a knife.

She is recovering in Raigmore Hospital in Inverness but her condition is not life-threatening, it is believed.

The incident happened in a first floor flat in the city's Balloan Road.

The emergency services were called out to the two blocks of four one-bedroom properties at around 11pm.

Uniform and plain clothes detectives plus ambulances, a doctor and scene of crime officers rushed to the scene and the area was cordoned off.

They were there overnight and forensic examination of the scene continued into the weekend.

At one stage, there were around a dozen vehicles in the vicinity.

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