The suspect had been spotted earlier in the day walking naked on a road in Newry

DETECTIVES from the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team (MIT) have been granted extra time to question a 40-year-old man arrested in connection with the murder of an elderly couple.

The man was arrested in the Springfields area of Portadown after the murder of Michael and Majorie Cawdery on Friday.

A court on Sunday granted MIT detectives a further period of detention to hold the suspect on suspicion of murder.

The couple, both 83, were found in their Upper Ramone Park home in Portadown by a relative.

They had been stabbed to death.

Police said they had been killed in a “very brutal attack”.

The horrific discovery was made by their daughter and son-in-law who called to see them.

In a statement the Cawdery family said: “The awful and incomprehensible events of Friday 26 May have deprived our family of two wonderful people, Michael and Marjorie, who were our father, mother, brother, sister and grandparents.

“We thank the police for their prompt response and professional actions.

“We also thank everyone who has expressed sympathy in whatever way and offered help.

The murdered couple Majorie and Michael Cawdery found stabbed to death in their home on Friday

“Finally, we ask for respect and privacy in the coming days as the family try to come to terms with their loss.”

Police have said they received a report of a man breaking into a car in Upper Ramone Park shortly after midday on Friday.

Det Supt Kevin Geddes said: “Police were called to an address in the Upper Ramone Park area of the town at around 3.40pm yesterday afternoon. On arrival, officers found the bodies of Michael and Marjorie.

“Earlier in the day, at around 12.20pm, we had a report of a male breaking into a car in the Upper Ramone Park area.

“We are appealing for anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area between 11am and 5pm yesterday to get in touch with police on the non-emergency number 101.

“The family car belonging to the deceased, a grey Renault Kango van, registration NJZ 6101, was taken from the house and later found at around 5pm in the Edenderry Gardens area.

“We need to know the movements of this car from the time it left Upper Ramone Park until it was recovered in Edenderry Gardens.”


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