A man has appeared in court charged with the murders of three men, two of them brothers, who were stabbed to death in Colchester.
Tom Saunders, 32, spat towards the public gallery from behind the reinforced glass of the dock as he appeared at Colchester Magistrates' Court today (Tuesday 8 October).
The defendant, who appeared in a grey prison-issue tracksuit with his right hand in a bandage, spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.
He stood with his arms folded beside two dock officers as the charges were read to him.
Saunders, of Bounstead Road, Colchester, is charged with three counts of murder on October 5.
Saunders is also charged with possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.
He was not asked for pleas and no application for bail was made.
Magistrates remanded him in custody to appear before Chelmsford Crown Court on Wednesday and he was led away in handcuffs.
Police were called to Wellesley Road in Colchester at around 10.15pm on Saturday over concerns for the welfare of two men following reports of an altercation.
Officers found two men dead inside a property, while the body of a third man was discovered in a car outside.
Essex Police said Saunders was arrested on Sunday and charged in the early hours of Tuesday.
Police have identified the two men found dead inside the property as 35-year-old Danny Gibson and his brother 31-year-old Jason Gibson, both from Colchester.
The man found dead inside a car in Hospital Road has been identified by police as 35-year-old Richard Booth, also from Colchester.
Post-mortem examinations concluded that the men died of multiple stab wounds.
Detectives are continuing their investigation and a police cordon remains in place in Wellesley Road while specialist teams search 10 areas that are being treated as crime scenes.
Colchester district commander, Chief Inspector Rob Huddleston, said the incident is being treated as "targeted and isolated".
"Those involved were well known to each other and we do not believe it was linked to any gang-related crime or drug use," he said.
- Russell Hookey's report for ITV News Anglia