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Second man remanded over double murder

A man and woman were found dead at a house in Ravenhill.

A man and woman were found dead at a house in Ravenhill.

A second man was remanded in custody today accused of carrying out a double killing at a flat in Belfast.

Ciaran Nugent, 32, faces charges of murdering Caron Smyth and Finbar McGrillen during a domestic incident earlier this month.

The bodies of Ms Smyth, 40, and Mr McGrillen, 42, were discovered at an apartment in Ravenill Court, in the south east of the city, on December 13.

Police had been called to the scene to investigate a suspected burglary.

Nugent, with an address on the Falls Road in west Belfast, appeared before the city’s Magistrates’ Court after being charged with the double murder.

Dressed in a white tee-shirt, he spoke only to confirm he understood the allegations against him.

A detective sergeant said he could connect him to the alleged offences.

Questioned by defence lawyer Matt Higgins, the officer confirmed that Nugent has denied the charges.

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

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

Nugent did not seek bail during the short hearing.

He was remanded in custody to appear again by video-link on January 20.

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

Last week 33-year-old Shaun Hegarty, 33, of Grainne House in the New Lodge area of north Belfast, appeared in court.

He was also remanded in custody until next month.

 
 
 

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