A 35-year-old Perth man accused of murdering his parents in their country Victorian home has never been in custody before and suffers from anxiety, a court has heard.

Ian David Thomas, of Balga, is charged with the double murder of Bill and Pauline Thomas.

Both were murdered in their East Wangaratta home in Victoria on or around last Sunday, court documents allege.

Dressed in a maroon jumper, and with a visible graze on his face, Mr Thomas nodded at people sitting in the public gallery during his filing hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court today.

His legal aid barrister made no application for bail on his behalf, but told the court Mr Thomas had not previously been in custody and took the prescription drug diazepam for anxiety.

Mr and Mrs Thomas had been married for more than 35 years and were parents to five children.

Magistrate Michelle Ehrlich ordered Mr Thomas be remanded in custody ahead of a committal mention on September 5 in the Wangaratta Magistrates' Court.

Asked if he understood, he replied, “Yes, ma'am”.

Mr Thomas had told an out-of-sessions hearing he was stomped on by police officers during his arrest in Meredith, between Geelong and Ballarat, on Tuesday night.

The West Australian

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