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Double-murder accused's trial likely mid-year

A man accused of killing a Dunedin couple and setting their house alight will likely go to trial in August.

The 46-year-old man who allegedly committed the murder of David Ian Clarke (49) and Anastasia Margaret Neve (35), and the arson of 66B Wesley St in South Dunedin had his case called before the High Court at Dunedin this morning where his name suppression was extended by Justice Cameron Mander.

No trial date could be confirmed but it was suggested an August hearing may be scheduled.

Before that takes place, there are several pre-trial applications to be heard by the court in April.

The specific nature of those hearings cannot be published.

Police confirmed a week after the incident on January 22 last year that evidence suggested the victims had died before the fire started.

The man charged was known to the couple, police confirmed.

The defendant - who appeared by audio-visual link today - remained in custody and no application was made for bail.

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