MAN REMANDED IN CUSTODY OVER CO ARMAGH FIREBALL MURDERS

Murder victim Lisa McClatchey

Murder victim Lisa McClatchey

A NORTHERN Ireland man extradited from Australia has faced a court charged with an horrific double fireball murder six years ago.

Stephen Desmond Smith was also charged with a single count of arson when he stood in the dock of Newry Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Thomas O’Hare, 33, and 21-year-old Lisa McClatchey were beaten by a gang of men armed with hammers at their Foley Road home, near Keady in November 2006.

The pair were doused in petrol before being set alight.

Smith, 30, appeared in court hours after arriving in Northern Ireland from Sydney, Australia.

Dressed in a grey and blue hooded top and jeans, he stood motionless and listened to proceedings.

He Smith was remanded in custody to appear in court in Armagh next week.

Two men have already been charged with the murders.

The torch bungalow in Keady attacked in November 2006

The torch bungalow in Keady attacked in November 2006

Martin Smith, 40, from Kevlin Glen in Omagh, Co Tyrone and Niall Smith, 37, of Mourneview, Mowhan in Armagh appeared in court earlier this year.

The brothers were arrested by gardaí at addresses in Dundalk, Co Louth and Balbriggan, Co Dublin in December, before being extradited to Northern Ireland.

 

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