A 19-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of his grandparents who were found stabbed to death in their home in Livingston on Boxing Day.
A teenager has appeared in court charged with the brutal murder of his grandparents, Denis and Mary Fell.
Tobyn Salvatore, 19, was charged with murdering the elderly couple at their home in Livingston, Scotland.
Police made the horrific discovery on Boxing Day after breaking down the door of their home in Raeburn Rigg.
Authorities arrived at the scene shortly before midnight after being called to a reported incident at the property. Upon arrival, police forced their way into the home and found Mary and Denis Fell, both 73, dead with stab wounds.
Salvatore, who also goes by the name Jay Fell, appeared on petition from custody at Livingston Sheriff Court on Wednesday charged with two counts of murder.
Kevin Dugan, defending, made no plea on his behalf.
Sheriff Peter Hammond committed Salvatore for further examination and remanded him in custody. Tobyn Salvatore is expected to make a second court appearance for full committal within eight days.
Tobyn Salvatore was arrested on Monday in connection with the double murder of his grandparents.
Detectives have been carrying out enquiries and speaking to local residents in the area. One neighbour explained how the couple was well known in the street having lived in the property for over 16 years.
He said: "They’d always say hello if you were passing and were very friendly. They have two grown-up children and you’d see their son and his kids popping in for a visit on occasion.
"I came home at around 1.30 am and the street was just filled with police. I knew something bad had happened but I’d never have imagined it was something like this."
Mrs Fell is believed to have suffered from mobility problems and her husband Denis was her primary caregiver. Another neighbour said: "They were a lovely older couple who really kept themselves to themselves over the last couple of years during the pandemic.
"I’d seen him pushing her in a wheelchair a few times and they have a disabled parking spot right outside their house to make it easier for Mary to get out and about."
Local police have said there will be a heightened police presence over the coming days but have assured the public that this was an isolated incident. This is an ongoing case and we will update you as more information is released.