Man held in Australia over NI murders

Thu, Jan 24, 2013, 00:00

A 30-year-old man has been arrested in Australia on the request of detectives investigating the murder of a couple in south Armagh.

Thomas O’Hare (33), and his girlfriend Lisa McClatchey (21), died after they were attacked by a gang of up to six men at their home at Tassagh, near Newtownhamilton, in November 2006.

The couple were assaulted with hammers before petrol was poured over them and they were set alight.

The arrested man, who is from Armagh, was detained by Australian police following a request by officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Serious Crime Branch.

He is due to appear in court in Sydney tomorrow to face extradition proceedings.

Earlier this month, brothers Niall (37) and Martin Smith (40) were charged with double murder and arson in connection with the killings.