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Man quizzed over double murder linked to Newry indecency

A man arrested in connection with the murder of an elderly couple in Craigavon on Friday afternoon, is being linked to an incident in which a man manifesting “erratic behaviour” was detained in Newry earlier in the day.

The bodies of husband and wife Michael and Marjorie Cawdery, both aged 83, were discovered by a family member in their Upper Ramone Park home shortly before 4pm on Friday.  It is believed they suffered stab wounds in what has been described as “a burglary gone wrong”.  Mr Cawdery’s van was also stolen in the incident.  Within hours of the killings being reported, a 40-year-old man was arrested in the nearby Springfields area of Portadown.

It has been reported that the suspect is the same individual who had been detained by police in Newry on Friday morning after he was found walking naked on the Camlough Road.  Alerted by concerned witnesses, police detained the man and he was taken to Craigavon Area Hospital.  However, it emerged that he subsequently left the hospital without having been assessed by medics.  The victims’ home is located a short distance away from the hospital.

The man was not arrested under mental health legislation and remains in custody, The Examiner understands.

In a statement the Cawdery family said “the awful and incomprehensible events” have deprived them of “two wonderful people”.

“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.”

Investigating detectives have appealed for anyone with information to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.