A former public schoolboy has appeared in court charged with murdering three pensioners who were discovered dead in their Exeter homes.
Alexander Lewis-Ranwell, 27, from Croyde, North Devon, is accused of murdering Anthony Payne, 80, and twins Dick and Roger Carter, 84, between February 10 and 12.
Appearing at Exeter Magistrates’ Court, he was also charged with two counts of causing grievous bodily harm on two other people on February 9 and 11.
During the brief hearing, the bearded defendant wore a grey tracksuit and spoke from the dock on a number of occasions. He was flanked by custody staff and police officers.
Mr Lewis-Ranwell, a keen polo player who attended West Buckland boarding school, was remanded in custody and is due to appear later at Exeter Crown Court.
Mr Payne was found dead at an address in Bonhay Road last Monday. The bodies of the Carter twins were discovered at their home in Cowick Lane the following day.
Devon and Cornwall Police charged him with the three murders and two charges of grievous bodily harm on Friday.
Detective Chief Inspector Roy Linden, deputy head of major crime in the Devon and Cornwall force, said: “I would like to thank everyone who has supported this investigation.