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Police given extra time to question Portadown double murder suspect

Police investigating the brutal murder of an elderly couple in their Portadown home have been given extra time to question the chief suspect.

The 40-year-old was arrested in the aftermath of the attack on Friday. On Sunday police went to court to apply for extra time to continue their questioning, which was granted by a judge.

Michael and Marjorie Cawdery - both aged 83 - were found murdered in their Portadown home. It's understood they had both been subjected to a savage knife attack.

Mr Cawdery was a retired veterinary researcher, and had a long and distinguished career in his profession.

Educated in Nairobi, at Portora Royal School and at Trinity College Dublin, Mr Cawdrey - along with his wife - had been directors of veterinary firm Cawel Ltd, which was dissolved in 2011.

He published many well-regarded research articles in a wide range of academic journals in his field.

Just a week ago, he had written a letter to the British Medical Journal, examining the impact of the Ransomware virus which infected NHS computers.

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