Northern Ireland

Keady double murder: Brothers appear in court in Republic of Ireland

The remains of the house where the attack happened
Image caption The remains of the house where the attack happened

Two brothers have appeared in court in the Republic of Ireland facing extradition for a double murder in Northern Ireland six years ago.

The case relates to the murders of a County Armagh couple who were beaten with hammers and doused in petrol before being set on fire.

Thomas O'Hare and Lisa McClatchey were killed in Tassagh, near Keady in 2006.

Police arrested the brothers, Niall and Martin Smith, in County Louth and County Dublin on Wednesday morning.

They were detained using European arrest warrants and were brought before the High Court in Dublin.

The court heard how Niall Martin, 40, was arrested at Cois Croinn, Saltown in Dundalk, County Louth at 06.40 GMT.

A sergeant from the Garda Extradition Unit told the court that when cautioned, the accused shook his head.

Another police officer from the same unit said that he had arrested 37-year-old Niall Smith at Moylara, Balbriggan, in north County Dublin at 06.35 GMT.

He said that when he cautioned the accused and told him of the charges, Mr Smith replied: "I don't want to say anything about it, until I get my solicitor."

The pair were remanded in custody to Dublin's Cloverhill Prison and are due back in court again on 20 December.

The police on both sides of the Irish border are still searching for two other men as part of the murder investigation.

Mr O'Hare, 33, and 21-year-old Ms McClatchey were seriously injured in the attack and died later in hospital.

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