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Man pleads not guilty to double murder of elderly Co Armagh couple

A 41-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to the murders of an elderly Co Armagh couple almost a year ago.

Thomas Scott McEntee, 41, formerly of Moorfield Court in Kilkeel will stand trial accused of murdering Michael and Marjorie Cawdery – both 83 – at their home in Portadown in May 2017.

McEntee appeared before Craigavon Crown Court on Friday, flanked by two psychiatric nurses.

The court heard a consultant psychiatrist was satisfied the accused had the relevant capacity to enter a plea.

McEntee also denied two counts of theft on the same date, stealing a bottle of Oyster Bay red wine valued at £8.99, a torch, a compass, a map and a pair of sunglasses.

Her further pleaded not guilty to burgling a house on May 25, 2017, at Derrybeg Lane in Newry and stealing a key.

The judge set the trial date for Monday, June 18, 2018, and it is expected to last up to two weeks.

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