Brothers face extradition to North over 2006 double murder

Two brothers are facing extradition to Northern Ireland over a double murder six years ago.

Martin Smith from Kevlin Glen, Omagh and Niall Smith from Mourneview, Mowhan, Armagh, appeared in the High Court following their arrests this morning.

They are wanted for arson and the murders of 33-year-old Thomas O'Hare, and 21-year-old Lisa McClatchey on November 6 2006.

The couple died when a gang of up to six men broke into their home in Keady, Co Armagh, assaulted them, doused them with petrol and set them alight.

Before 7am this morning gardaí acting on European Arrest Warrants detained 40-year-old Martin Smith at Saltown, Dundalk and his 37-year-old brother Niall Smith at Balbriggan in Dublin.

The High Court heard Martin Smith has numerous burns and scars and that he shook his head when asked if he knew why he was being arrested.

His brother's reply to caution was ‘I don't want to say something about that to gardai until I speak to my solicitor'.

The two men, dressed mostly in black, remained silent at the hearing and did not apply for bail.

They have been remanded in custody until Thursday next week.

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