Northern Ireland

Ravenhill, Belfast murders: Man still questioned

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Media captionThe victims' bodies were found in an apartment in east Belfast

A man is still being questioned by police investigating the deaths of a man and woman found in a flat in east Belfast on Friday.

The bodies of 42-year-old Finbar McGrillen and Caron Smyth, who was 40, were discovered at Ravenhill Court.

A police spokesperson said the bodies were discovered at 14:45 GMT after police were alerted by a member of the public.

A 33-year-old man is being questioned on suspicion of their murders.

Police said the door to the flat where the two people lived had been damaged. Police went in and found the bodies.

Caron Smyth is believed to be from Drumaness, County Down.

SDLP MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, expressed her sympathy to Ms Smyth's family.

"It was very distressing to hear the details of this double murder in east Belfast over the weekend. The woman who was killed has family in Drumaness and, speaking on behalf of the whole community, I am sure they will rally around and provide whatever support they can at this terrible time," she said.

Image caption A police officer outside the apartment where the bodies were found

"Such a tragic loss is devastating at any time of the year, but it is even sadder so close to Christmas. My thoughts and prayers are with the family."

South Belfast DUP MLA Jimmy Spratt said the local community was "in shock".

"The news of these deaths so close to Christmas is devastating for the victims' families and my thoughts and prayers are with them at this very sad time," he said.

Det Ch Insp Una Jennings said: "We are treating this, at the moment, as a suspected domestic homicide."

She said the exact causes of death would not be confirmed until post mortem examinations had been carried out.

Detectives have appealed to anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the area between 15:00 GMT on Wednesday and 15:00 GMT on Friday to contact them.