The trial of James Allen, the man accused of murdering a Teesside pensioner and a woman from Whitby last April, has started in Newcastle.
Allen has pleaded not guilty to killing Colin Dunford and Julie Davison, and the trial continues.
Newcastle Crown Court was told Colin Dunford, 81, and Julie Davison, 50, were both found dead in their homes with serious injuries.
The prosecution say they were murdered by James Allen in their own homes and that Allen told "significant lies" while in custody,
The court heard friends of Mr Dunford became worried for him when he didn't turn up at this club for two nights.
The prosecution say Allen was caught on CCTV repeatedly checking his account balance on the night of Julie Davison was robbed and killed.
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