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An elderly couple have been found murdered in their own home. A 40-year-old man has been arrested

An elderly couple have been found murdered in their own home. A 40-year-old man has been arrested

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Marjorie Cawdery

Marjorie Cawdery

 Michael Cawdery

Michael Cawdery

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An elderly couple have been found murdered in their own home. A 40-year-old man has been arrested

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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