Both bodies were found by a neighbour in 1993 (stock) (Image: Google Streetview)

A man has been charged with murdering a brother and sister who died during a suspected burglary at their home nearly 30 years ago.

Ann Castle, 74, and William Bryan, 71, died during an alleged break-in at their flat in Bethnal Green, east London, in 1993.

A post-mortem showed Mr Bryan, a war veteran, died from suffocation and ischaemic heart disease, while his sister died from the same heart condition.

Police said at the time of the discovery of the siblings' bodies that they were found sitting side-by-side in chairs.

Both were found by a neighbour who became suspicious when they did not answer the door and the lights were left on.

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The Met Police said their investigation into the deaths is still continuing (stock)
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Scotland Yard put out appeals for information at the time, but no one was charged until Tuesday, some 28 years later.

Danville Neil was arrested last October after existing evidence was re-examined, police said.

The 63-year-old, from Lewisham, south east London, was charged with the double of murder of Mr Bryan and Mrs Castle as well as one count of burglary.

Neil appeared at Bromley magistrates' court on Wednesday and was remanded in custody.

His next court appearance will be at the Old Bailey later this week.

The Met Police said their investigation into the deaths is still continuing.

A spokesman for the force said: "A man has been charged with the murder of a man and a woman in 1993.

"Danville Neil appeared in custody at Bromley Magistrates' Court today having been charged with the murders of Ann Castle and her brother William Bryan who died at an address in Clare Street in August 1993.

"Neil was also charged with burglary. He is next due to appear at the Central Criminal Court on Friday.

"Neil was charged on Tuesday. He was arrested in October 2020 after existing evidence was re-submitted for further examination.

"A post-mortem examination held at Poplar Mortuary in 1993 gave Mrs Castle's cause of death as ischaemic heart disease.

"Mr Bryan died from asphyxia and ischaemic heart disease."