Northern Ireland

Ravenhill murders: Police given extra time to question suspect

Ravenhill Court
Image caption The bodies were discovered last Friday at a flat in Ravenhill Court

Police investigating a double murder in east Belfast have been granted another 24 hours to question a 32-year-old man.

He was arrested on Thursday.

The bodies of Caron Smyth, 40, and Finbarr McGrillen, 42, were found by police called to investigate a suspected burglary in Ravenhill Court last Friday.

A 33-year-old man appeared at Belfast Magistrate's Court on Thursday charged with murdering Ms Smyth and Mr McGrillen.

Shaun Patrick Joseph Hegarty, of Grainne House in north Belfast, said that he understood the charges and was remanded in custody.

Police said their inquires were continuing.

They issued a fresh appeal for information on Thursday.

The PSNI appealed for anyone who noticed individuals or vehicles in the area between 03:30 GMT and 07:30 GMT on Thursday 12 December - the day before the bodies were discovered - to contact them.