Police name 'double murder' victims in Belfast

Police have named the victims of a double murder in Belfast as Finbar McGrillen and Caron Smyth. A 33-year-old man arrested in connection with the incident in the Ravenhill area in the south east of the city remains in police custody.

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SDLP MP pays tribute to female Belfast victim

SDLP MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie has expressed her sympathy to the family of the female victim of a double murder in Belfast, who she said had family in Drumaness.

SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Finbar McGrillen and Caron Smyth were named as by the PSNI earlier today.

"It was very distressing to hear the details of this double murder in east Belfast over the weekend," Ms Ritchie said.

"The woman who was killed has family in Drumaness and I am speaking on behalf of the whole community. I am sure they will rally around and provide whatever support they can at this terrible time".

Belfast MP: Community 'shocked' over double murder

Jimmy Spratt of the DUP . Credit: Paul Faith/PA

South Belfast DUP MLA Jimmy Spratt is among local politicians to extend their condolences to Finbar McGrillen and Caron Smyth, who were named as victims of a double murder in Belfast.

"The local community is in shock and the news of these deaths so close to Christmas is devastating for the victims' families and my thoughts and prayers are with them at this very sad time," Mr Spratt said.

"If anyone has any information I would urge them to contact the PSNI immediately."

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Victims of double murder in Belfast named

Police have named the victims of a double murder in Belfast as Finbar McGrillen and Caron Smyth.

A 33-year-old man arrested in connection with the incident in the Ravenhill area in the south east of the city remains in police custody.

The man, who was detained on Saturday, can be held for up to three days. The bodies of Mr McGrillen, 42, and Ms Smyth, 40, were discovered in a flat at Ravenhill Court on Friday afternoon.

Police said they believed the pair had been victims of a domestic-related incident.

Man held over alleged double murder in Belfast

Police investigating a double murder in Belfast have arrested a man. The 33-year-old was detained shortly after detectives revealed the deceased - a middle-aged man and woman - had been victims of a domestic incident.

Detective Chief Inspect Una Jennings said: "We believe that the perpetrator of this crime may well have been in a relationship with one or other of the victims."

DCI Una Jennings speaking at PSNI headquarters as the deaths of a man and a woman in a house in Belfast Credit: David Young/PA

Belfast deaths treated as 'suspected domestic murder'

The deaths of a middle-aged man and a woman found in a house in Belfast is being treated as a "suspected domestic homicide", police said today.

Detective Chief Inspector Una Jennings, senior investigating officer with the PSNI added:

I would describe it as a domestic incident, we believe that the perpetrator of this crime may well have been in a relationship with one or other of the victims.

We don't consider they pose a risk to the public at this time.

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