Sheffield man charged with murder of his parents appears in court
A Sheffield man, who has been charged with the murder of his parents after they were found dead in their home, will enter his plea in March next year.
James Duncan Andrews, of Reney Avenue in Greenhill, Sheffield, was arrested after his parents, Bryan and Mary Andrews, were found dead in their Totley home on Sunday 27 November.
Mr and Mrs Andrews, aged 79 and 76 respectively, were reportedly found critically injured at their home on Terrey Road just after 10.15 am on Sunday, November 27, after police responded to a call out of concern for their welfare.
The couple was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death is still not known.
Chief Superintendent Shelley Hemsley, from Sheffield district, said: “This incident will have no doubt caused a lot of concern within the community and our thoughts remain with the families of the pair who have sadly lost their lives this morning.
“We have a number of officers at the scene and expect them to be there for quite some time today as we carry out a thorough investigation.”
The 51-year-old defendant, who appeared at Sheffield Crown Court today (November 30) in a green-grey prison sweatshirt, spoke only to confirm his name before he was remanded into custody. The court heard he will likely enter his guilty or not-guilty plea on March 13, 2023.
A police cordon has remained in place at the elderly couple’s home, where loved ones and well-wishers have left dozens of bouquets of flowers.
Chf Supt Hemsley urged anyone with information ‘no matter how small it may seem’ to contact the force.
Information can be passed to South Yorkshire Police by calling 101, quoting log number 305 of November 27, 2022.
You can also use the force’s online portal, or alternatively, you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously at 0800 555 111.
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