Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Two charged over death of Donegal businessman

Two men appeared before a court in Portugal yesterday following their arrest in connection with the death of an Irish father-of-four.

Two charged over death of Donegal businessmanBeaten to death: Paul HoustonBY Anita Guidera and Tom Worden

Popular Donegal-based business man Paul Houston (51), who owned a designer shoe store in Derry, died of a post-traumatic brain haemorrhage after being brutally beaten as he returned to his apartment in the Algarve in the early hours of Sunday, September 6.

He had been on a golfing holiday with his wife Celine and another couple in the seaside resort of Alvor, but was alone when the attack occurred.

The men, believed to be Brazilian nationals, were arrested in Lagos, 20km from the fishing village of Alvor on suspicion of homicide and robbery.

They are understood to have been preparing to travel by bus to the Portuguese capital, Lisbon before flying to Brazil.

Last night, the Houston family declined to comment on the arrests.

One member said that the family had not received any communication from Portuguese police.

“Nothing has been confirmed to us yet so we will be saying nothing at this time,” he said.

In a statement yesterday, the judicial police confirmed that two men aged 19 and 26 had been arrested on suspicion of homicide and robbery. They appeared before a judge at a court in the town of Portimao.

Fifteen detectives have been working to track down those suspected of being responsible for what police describe as “the savage beating” of Mr Houston.

Last Monday, an estimated 1,500 people gathered at St Mary's Church in Greencastle, Co Donegal to celebrate the life of Mr Houston.

Leading the mourners were his wife Celine, sons Christopher, David and Tom, daughter Amy and granddaughter, Molly. He was also mourned by his mother Mavis, two brothers and sister.