Man in court charged with double Branston murder

A man has appeared in court charged with the murders of a Romanian woman and an American pensioner in a village near Lincoln.

Lincolnshire Police was called to a bungalow in Branston shortly after 11am on Monday, August 5 after the discovery of two bodies inside.

Forensic officers were seen examining the property in Lincoln Road and officers arrested a man on suspicion of murder.

Lincolnshire Police stated that while formal identification is yet to take place, it believes the victims are Premm Leela Monti, 51, originally from Romania, and Robert Tully, 71, originally from the United States.

Officers would not say if the suspect was known to the two victims but said they believed it was an “isolated incident.”

Post mortem examinations were due to be held but detectives have not revealed the causes of the two deaths.

Their families have been informed.

Andrei-Mihai Simion-Munteanu, 22, appeared at Lincoln Magistrates Court charged with the two murders on Thursday, August 8.

Wearing a grey tracksuit Simion-Munteanu spoke to confirm his name, date of birth and his address as Lincoln Road, Branston.

It is alleged that Simion-Munteanu murdered Leela Monti and Rob Tully between 27 July and 30 July this year.

No pleas were entered and magistrates sent the case to Lincoln Crown Court where Simion-Munteanu will appear later today.

He was remanded into custody.