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Newry link to double murder

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Newry link to double murder thumbnailMichael and Marjorie Cawdery who were stabbed to death

A 40-YEAR-OLD man, believed to have been initially arrested in the Newry area, is being held by police in relation to the stabbing of an elderly Portadown couple on Friday.

Michael and Marjorie Cawdery, both 83, were stabbed in a frenzied attack at their home, an incident that the couple's family have described as "awful and incomprehensible."

PSNI officers arrested the suspect shortly after the double murder after he was found close to a vehicle stolen from the Cawdery's family home.

A picture emerged online over the weekend of a man believed to be the suspect walking down the Camlough Road naked on Friday morning, after which it is thought that he was detained under the Mental Helath Act by Craigavon Area Hospital paramedics.

The Cawdery family, in a statement issued to the press said: "The awful and incomprehensible events on Friday, May 26 has deprived our family of two wonderful people, Michael and Marjorie, who were our father, mother, brother, sister and grandparents."

SDLP MLA for Upper Bann Dolores Kelly condemned the Southern Trust for a perceived "wall of silence" on the matter.

Ms Kelly said: "Clearly there are many questions that need to be addressed in both the short and medium term but it's unacceptable to say nothing at all.

“We need to be assured that the Trust is carrying out a full investigation into this matter and ensuring the public's concerns are addressed - a wall of silence in such circumstances only heightens public concern."

Ulster Unionist MLA Doug Beattie said that it was imperative that a "clear timeline of events" was established by the PSNI.

He said: "It is incumbent on the police and the Southern Trust that together they tie down a sequence of events and ensure there are mechanisms to deal with such incidents in the future Certainly there are lessons to be learned about how you monitor vulnerable people."

The couple were found dead by a relative in their Upper Ramone Park home at approximately 3.40pm on Friday afternoon, at which point police and emergency services were called to attend the grisly scene.

A grey Kangoo van with the registration number NJZ 6101 - which was stolen from the couple's home - was found at around 5pm near the Edenderry area.

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