A 23-year-old man appeared in private at Inverness Sheriff Court charged with the murder of two men in the Highland capital.
David Sinders, originally from Latvia, made no plea to charges of repeatedly striking 35-year-old Gary MacKay and Dwayne MacLeay, 28, on the body with a knife and murdering them in 58 Balloan Road, Inverness, on Thursday.
He was represented by Inverness solicitor John MacColl and was committed for further examination and remanded in custody by Sheriff Eilidh Macdonald. There was no application for bail.
Sinders is also charged with the attempted murder of 27-year-old Kimberley Nicholson by repeatedly striking her on the body with a knife.
She is believed to be in Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.
The incident happened on Thursday evening in a first floor flat in Balloan Road, a main artery route skirting the Hilton housing estate.
The emergency services were called out to the two blocks of four one bed room properties at around 11pm.
Uniform and plain clothes detectives plus ambulances, a doctor and scene of crime officers rushed to the scene and the area was cordoned off.
They were there overnight and forensic examination of the scene continued into the weekend.
At one stage, there were around a dozen vehicles in the vicinity.