A SWINDON man accused of four murders will face trial next spring.

Damien Bendall is charged with killing a woman and three children at a home in Derbyshire.

The 31-year-old of Chandos Crescent and previously of Cranmore Avenue in Park South appeared at Derby Crown court via video-link this morning.

As with his first court hearing at Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, he appeared from HMP Wakefield wearing a grey round-necked sweatshirt.

He was not required to enter any pleas to the murder charges and was told he would face a trial on March 1 next year.

Remanding Bendall into custody, Judge Nirmal Shant QC said: “Your trial will be fixed for March 1 but before that date there will be a review of this case on November 26.

“Mr Bendall, you will be remanded in custody. Thank you very much.”

He will now appear at Nottingham Crown Court on November 26.

Derbyshire Constabulary said four bodies were found at a Chandos Crescent property after police responded to a call about concerns for the safety of a man at the address at 7.26am on Sunday September 19.

Police handcuffed Bendall at the scene and took him to hospital before heading back to the station as he had been injured before they arrived.