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A PSNI forensic officer in a second floor apartment in a building on Kinnaird Close in Belfast, after the bodies of a man and woman were found yesterday. Liam McBurney/PA
Murder Probe

Man charged with murder of Belfast couple

The man is expected to appear before Belfast Magistrates Court on Thursday 26 December.

LAST UPDATE | 24 Dec 2019

POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland have charged a man with two counts of murder after the bodies of a man and woman were found in a flat in north Belfast yesterday. 

The 35-year-old man was arrested last night and charged with their murder this evening. 

The PSNI has named the victims as 37-year-old Frances Murray and 47-year-old Joseph Dutton.

At around 12.55pm yesterday, police received a report from a member of the public that the bodies of two people had been discovered in a flat in the Kinnaird Close area. Local sources said it is understood they suffered stab wounds.

The man is expected to appear before Belfast Magistrates Court on Thursday 26 December.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery announced earlier today that the PSNI had launched a murder probe into the deaths.  

Councillor Paul McCusker said previously that the dead couple were both “characters” and well known in the area.

“A few days before Christmas this couple’s poor family will get this devastating and horrific news that they have died in such conditions.”

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