Stourbridge double-murder accused, Aaron Barley, 23, remanded in custody

A homeless man accused of murdering a woman and her 13-year-old son has been remanded in custody.

Aaron Barley, 23, appeared before magistrates in Birmingham flanked by two dock officers wearing protective helmets with the visors down. He was handcuffed to one of his guards.

Barley is charged with killing Tracey Wilkinson and her son Pierce, and faces a further charge of attempting to murder the boy's 47-year-old father, Peter, at the family's home in Stourbridge.

With his right arm in a sling and wearing a green hospital-style gown and spoke only once during the six-minute hearing at Birmingham Magistrates' Court when the clerk asked him to give his name and address.

Barley told the clerk: "Aaron Barley, and I ain't got one (an address)."

He was remanded to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday and no application for bail was made.

Barley, who was not asked to enter pleas, appeared to hobble as he left the courtroom.

Mrs Wilkinson, 50, was pronounced dead at her home in Greyhound Lane, on Thursday, while her 13-year-old son died later in hospital. They had both been stabbed.

Mr Wilkinson remains in hospital in a serious condition with stab wounds to his chest and back.

The couple's daughter, Lydia, was away from home at university