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Man to stand trial for murder over siblings’ 1989 deaths

A man will stand trial after pleading not guilty to charges he murdered a woman and her brother almost 32 years ago in the home they shared in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs.

Glen William Nash appeared before Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder over the deaths of Doris McCartney and Ronald Swann, who were found dead in their Moorabbin home on October 22, 1989.

Ronald Swann and Doris McCartney were found dead in their Moorabbin home.

Ronald Swann and Doris McCartney were found dead in their Moorabbin home.

Ms McCartney, 69, and Mr Swann, 71, lived together in a Keith Street house. There were no signs of forced entry and nothing was reported missing.

Mr Nash was arrested in Rowville in April and then charged, about a week after cold-case detectives announced a $1 million reward for information over the siblings’ deaths.

The 58-year-old waived his right to a pre-trial committal hearing before a magistrate and had his case fast-tracked to the Supreme Court for trial.

He appeared via a video link from custody on Wednesday and spoke only to enter a plea of not guilty.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Susan Wakeling remanded Mr Nash in custody to appear before the Supreme Court on September 1, so a date for his trial can be set.

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