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Belfast double murder: Police granted more time to question man

Detectives investigating the murders of Finbar McGrillen and Caron Smyth in south-east Belfast have been granted additional time to question a 33-year-old man.

The bodies of  Ms Smyth (40) and Mr McGrillen (42) were discovered in a flat in Ravenhill Court, off the Ravenhill Road, at about 3pm on Friday.

Police have not yet confirmed the cause of the victims' deaths but it is understood they were stabbed.

Serious Crime Branch arrested a 33-year-old man in connection with the murders on Saturday, and a court has now given police an additional 30 hours to question him.

Ms Smyth was originally from Drumaness, just outside Ballynahinch in Co Down. Mr McGrillen is said to have previously lived in Castlewellan, having moved from south Belfast.

Detective Chief Inspector Una Jennings said the killer may have been in a relationship with one of the victims. The murders are being treated as a suspected domestic homicide.

Both families and police are awaiting the results of post-mortem examinations.

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