Northern Ireland

Keady murders: Brothers deny murder and arson charges

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

Three brothers have denied murdering a couple who were beaten with hammers and doused in petrol six years ago.

They are accused of murdering Thomas O'Hare and Lisa McClatchey in Tassagh, near Keady, County Armagh, in 2006.

Niall Smith, 37, and Stephen Smith, 29, of Mourneview, Mowhan, County Armagh and Martin Smith, 40, with an address at Kevlin Glen, Omagh, also deny arson with intent to endanger life.

The brothers were remanded back into custody until their trial.

Lawyers for the prosecution and defence agreed at Newry Crown Court, sitting in Belfast, that further expert reports were required.

Thomas O'Hare and Lisa McClatchey died in hospital from their injuries following the attack at their home on the Foley Road on 6 November.

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