Man admits killing mother and toddler, 2, and burying bodies under kitchen floor

Bennylyn Burke, 25, and her two-year-old daughter Jellica were found dead in March 2021 (Image: PA)

Bennylyn Burke, 25, and her two-year-old daughter Jellica were found dead in March 2021 (Image: PA)

A man has admitted killing a woman and her two-year-old daughter and burying their bodies.

Bennylyn Burke, 25, and her two-year-old daughter Jellica, were found under the floor of Andrew Innes’ Dundee home in March 2021.

He is currently on trial in the Edinburgh High Court accused of murdering a mother and daughter at his home on Troon Avenue.

Innes, 52, admits killing Ms Burke and Jellica but denies murder and claims diminished responsibility.

The joint transcript of the agreed evidence revealed that he met Ms Burke on an online dating app and drove her from Bristol to Dundee on 18 February 2021.

Innes stabbed Ms Burke and hit her in the head with a knife handle and a hammer, the court was told.

A post-mortem found the woman, who weighed 5.7 pounds, suffered a single stab wound to her chest that was 158mm deep.

She also had head injuries, with pathologists determining that the combined effects of internal bleeding and the injuries to her head caused her death.

Bennylyn and Jellica Burke (Image: PA)

Bennylyn and Jellica Burke (Image: PA)

The toddler was choked by unknown means, the court was told, with a post-mortem finding that pressure had been applied to the girl’s mouth and throat.

Innes, the jury was told, had wrapped a rubble bag, blanket and tarp around Ms Burke’s head and hidden her under the kitchen floor next to Jellica.

The defendant, represented by Brian McConnachie KC, was also accused of raping and assaulting a seven-year-old girl.

He denies all allegations against him.

Police activity at the house in Troon Avenue, Dundee where the bodies were found (Image: PA)

In the joint transcript read to the jury, they were told that a swab from the girl showed she had Chlamydia trachiotimus, and a separate urine test by the defendant also tested positive for the infection.

Innes, who was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2021, was also diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

Judge Lord Beckett told the jury the trial being watched by Alex Prentice KC is expected to last until next week.

And he warned them: ‘From this moment until the end of the trial, you must not undertake any outside investigation or your own research into this case, the people involved, or any questions it raises.’

The process goes on.

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