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Murdered in her own home: Face of east Belfast double murder victim Caron Smyth

PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Belfast man charged with double murder in Ravenhill

By Sara Girvin

This is the woman tragically murdered in her east Belfast home last weekend.

Pictured for the first time, devastated friends say 40-year-old Caron Smyth is now “sleeping with the angels”.

The body of Ms Smyth was discovered along with that of 42-year-old Finbar McGrillen in the living room of an apartment in Ravenhill Court on Friday December 13.

Police are treating the incident as “suspected domestic homicide”.

Two Belfast men, Shaun Patrick Joseph Hegarty and Ciaran Nugent, have been charged with their murder.

Hegarty, of Grainne House in New Lodge, appeared at Belfast Magistrate’s Court on Thursday where the 33-year-old said he understood the charges against him and was remanded in custody.


He will appear again in the new year.

Nugent, of the Falls Road, appeared before the same court on Monday morning where a detective sergeant said Nugent had denied the charges.

He was also remanded in custody and is due to appear again by video-link on January 20.

Ms Smyth was originally from Drumaness just outside Ballynahinch where her parents still live.

Mr McGrillen was from the Castlewellan area.

It is thought the pair had only been living in Ravenhill Court for a matter of months before they were murdered.

Ms Smyth’s father Henry said last week that the family was in shock, and that he had no idea why someone would want to kill his daughter.

Social networking site Facebook has been flooded with tributes to “beautiful friend” Ms Smyth following her death.

One close friend said she was “heartbroken” over the deaths, writing that Caron and Finbar were meant to be joining her for dinner on the Sunday after they were killed.

She said the murderer responsible for the two deaths was “an evil, jealous, twisted monster”.

“Two beautiful people gone and two families destroyed,” she wrote.

“It’s heartbreaking, this should never have happened.

“Now you are sleeping with the angels, I will always remember the laughs that we had.”

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