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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Brothers held over North murders

Brian Kavanagh

TWO men wanted in Northern Ireland in connection with a double murder in which a couple were beaten and set on fire have appeared before the High Court.

Brothers Niall (37) and Martin Smith (40) were arrested by gardai in Balbriggan and Dundalk yesterday on foot of a European Arrest Warrant.

The charge on the warrant relates to arson and the murder of Thomas O'Hare (33) and Lisa McClatchey (21), who both died from their injuries after a gang of up to six men broke into their home on Foley Road, Keady, Co Armagh, on the evening of November 6, 2006.

The couple were assaulted with hammers before petrol was poured over them and they were set alight.

Detective Sergeant Martin O'Neill told the court that he arrested Martin Smith at Saltown, Dundalk, Co Louth at 6.40am yesterday.

He said he asked Martin Smith if he had previously resided at Kevlin Glen, Omagh, Co Tyrone, to which Mr Smith replied affirmatively.


Detective Sergeant Jim Kirwan told the court of the arrest of Niall Smith at Moylaragh Avenue, Balbriggan, Co Dublin at 6.35am yesterday morning.

He told the court that Niall Smith agreed that he had previously resided at Mourne View, Mowhan, Co Armagh.

He said that when asked if he knew anything about the double murder, Niall Smith replied: "I don't want to say anything about that to gardai until I speak to my solicitor".

Mr Justice John Edwards remanded Niall and Martin Smith in custody until December 20, when lawyers for both men may indicate whether the extradition to the UK will be contested.

Irish Independent

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