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Family's thanks as man charged over Cawdery double murder appears in court

The family of Michael and Majorie Cawdery, the elderly couple found murdered in their Portadown home last week, have expressed their thanks to the public for their support.

It comes as a 40-year-old man appeared in court charged with the murder of an elderly couple in County Armagh. The bodies of the 83-year-olds, were found believed to have been stabbed last Friday.

Thomas Scott McEntee, 40, of Moorfield Court, Kilkeel, appeared in the dock at Lisburn Magistrates' Court charged with murdering Mr and Mrs Cawdery. He was also charged with aggravated burglary and aggravated vehicle-taking.

His lawyer told the court McEntee had "mental health difficulties" and had been under supervision while in police custody following his arrest.

Dressed in a grey sweatshirt McEntee was also charged with aggravated burglary and aggravated vehicle-taking.

The court heard he was armed with a knife when he allegedly broke into the couple's Upper Ramone Park home.

He is alleged to have stolen a cheque book and keys from the house before stealing the couple's car.

The car was found by police a mile from the murder scene.

A detective chief inspector told the court he believed he could connect the accused to the crimes.

No application for bail was made.

District Judge Rosemary Watters remanded the accused in custody to appear before Craigavon Magistrates' Court on June 23 via video-link.

No members of the Cawdery family were in court for the brief hearing.

However, later in a statement released by police, they sent their thanks to the community for its help in supporting them following their deaths.

"We would like to express once again our sincere thanks to all who have sent flowers, condolences, messages of sympathy, and helped in many practical ways," the family said.

"We are very relieved that a suspect has been charged and we hope that justice for Michael and Marjorie will prevail.

"Our thanks also go to the entire PSNI team for their compassion and professionalism."

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