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Four brothers accused of murdering paedophile and his girlfriend are liars, murder trial told

By Paul Higgins

Four brothers accused of the murder of a paedophile and his girlfriend lied under oath as they tried to concoct a defence to fit with the evidence, a barrister has told a court.

Prosecuting QC Tony Hedworth claimed the Smith brothers had embarked on a "damage limitation exercise" designed to avoid responsibility for the deaths of Thomas O'Hare and his girlfriend, Lisa McClatchey.

Making his closing speech to the Armagh Crown Court jury after three weeks of evidence, the senior barrister suggested that Mr O'Hare's presence in the area had "rankled" with Stephen Smith, a victim of O'Hare's abuse.

It is the Crown case that the four Smith brothers, Martin (40) from Kevlin Glen, near Omagh; Niall (38), Christopher (33) and Stephen (31), all from the Mourneview estate in Mowhan, attacked in revenge for the sexual abuse of Stephen Smith.

All four deny the couple's murders and arson in November 2006.

Mr O'Hare (33) and Ms McClatchey (21) were attacked and horrifically burned after the masked brothers burst into Thomas' home on the Foley Road near Tassagh, attacked Thomas and poured petrol over the house.

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