Belfast Telegraph

Elderly couple's family 'relieved' murder suspect charged

The family of an elderly couple murdered in County Armagh have said they are "relieved" the suspected killer has been charged.

Michael and Marjorie Cawdery, both 83, were found dead in their Portadown home on Friday, May 26.

It is believed they had been stabbed.

Thomas Scott McEntee, 40, of Moorfield Court, Kilkeel, appeared before Lisburn Magistrate's Court on Tuesday charged with their murders.

Following his brief court appearance Mr and Mrs Cawdery's family said they hoped "justice will prevail."

In a statement issued through police the family said: "We are very relieved that a suspect has been charged and we hope that justice for Michael and Marjorie will prevail."

They thanked the PSNI and all those who have sent messages of sympathy.

McEntee stood with his head bowed when he appeared in the dock charged with both murders.

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

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

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 Magistrate's Court on June 23 via video-link.


From Belfast Telegraph