A man on trial for two murders has told a jury he will admit the crimes if he's shown a substantial piece of evidence linking him to the killings.
James Allen threatened and swore at the prosecution barrister and described the case against him as a 'joke'. He denies murdering a pensioner in Middlesbrough and a woman in Whitby.
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