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Thursday 17 April 2014

Pair extradited over double murder

Family members carry the coffin of Thomas O'Hare at St Patrick's Church, Ballymacnab, Co Armagh

Two brothers wanted in Northern Ireland over a double murder have been extradited from the Republic, police have said.

The pair, aged 37 and 40, are due to appear before a magistrate in Armagh city on Tuesday.

Thomas O'Hare, 33, and his girlfriend Lisa McClatchey, 21, were beaten with hammers and doused in petrol before their house was set alight in November 2006 in Co Armagh.

Martin and Niall Smith were detained by gardai in the Irish Republic three weeks ago under extradition warrants. They were brought before the High Court in Dublin on two charges of murder and one of criminal damage and have been in custody since then.

Martin, 40, was arrested at Cois Croinn, Saltown, Dundalk, Co Louth. He previously lived in Kevlin Glen in Omagh.

Meanwhile, 37-year-old Niall, previously of Mourneview, Armagh, was arrested at Moylaragh Avenue in Balbriggan, north Dublin.

Six masked intruders are believed to have carried out the attack on the couple's home in Tassagh, near Newtownhamilton.

An hour after the attack four men appeared at a hospital across the Irish border in Co Louth with critical burns and were later transferred for specialist treatment in Dublin.

It is understood gardai and the PSNI are still searching for two other men in connection with the attack.

Press Association

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