Ross charged and remanded in custody

The pensioner arrested over the suspicious deaths of three women in Dromore has been charged with murdering two of them, along with other serious charges.

Leslie Ross is accused of murdering 47-year-old Michelle Bickerstaff in April last year and 50-year-old Margaret Weiss in August 2007.

A file on the third death, that of 52-year-old Lily McKee, who died in December 2002, has been referred to the Public Prosecution Service.

Ross, 66, has also been charged with indecently assaulting a woman between Jan 1979 and June 1990, committing an act of gross indecency with a child and indecently assaulting a female child between July 1979 and June 1990.

A detective sergeant told the court he believed he could connect the accused with the charges.

A lawyer for Ross said he had “categorically and vehemently” denied the charges during three days of questioning.

He was remanded in custody to appear in court again in September.