Man admits killing mother and her two-year-old daughter

Andrew Innes will stand trial for murdering Bennylyn Burke and her daughter Jellica.

Man admits killing Bennylyn Burke and her two-year-old daughter Jellica at house in Dundee Police Scotland

A man has admitted killing a mother and her two-year-old daughter before hiding their bodies under a floor in Dundee.

But Andrew Innes denies murdering Bennylyn Burke, 25, and two-year-old Jellica Burke, claiming diminished responsibility.

The 52-year-old will now stand trial accused of murdering the mother and daughter at a house in Troon Avenue, Dundee, between February 20 and March 5, 2021.

He is also accused of sexually assaulting Jellica Burke and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

Innes faces a further charge of raping another child.

Bennylyn, who was originally from the Philipinnes, met Innes online before travelling with him to his home in Dundee in February 2021.

The following month the bodies of the mother and her child were found hidden under his kitchen floor.

A joint minute of agreed evidence between prosecutors and Innes’ defence team was read out to a jury at the start of the trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Junior prosecution counsel Frankie Morgan said Innes had caused Bennylyn’s death by stabbing her with a knife and repeatedly hitting her on the head with the handle of the knife and a hammer. Jellica died of asphyxiation.

Mr Morgan said Innes then put their bodies in rubble bags and concealed them in concrete beneath the kitchen floor of his home.