Second man remanded over city murders

Published Monday, 23 December 2013
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A second man has been remanded in custody accused of carrying out a double murder at a flat in south-east Belfast.

Second man remanded over city murders
The scene of the double murder in south-east Belfast. (© UTV)

Caron Smyth, 40, and Finbar McGrillen, 42, were both killed during a domestic incident at Ravenhill Court and their bodies were found on 13 December by police investigating a suspected burglary.

On Monday, Ciaran Nugent appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court charged with their murders.

The 32-year-old, with an address on the Falls Road in west Belfast, spoke only to confirm that he understood the charges against him.

A detective sergeant said he could connect him to the alleged offences and, when questioned by a defence lawyer, confirmed that Nugent has denied the charges.

The detective also agreed that the evidence against the accused was circumstantial.

No further details of the circumstances surrounding the two deaths were disclosed to the court.

Nugent did not seek bail during the short hearing and was remanded in custody to appear again via video-link on 20 January.

He is the second man to be charged with the two murders.

Last week, 33-year-old Shaun Hegarty, from Grainne House in the New Lodge area of north Belfast, appeared in court and was remanded in custody until next month.

© UTV News
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