Detention time extended for two men after suspicious Derry death

The PSNI in Derry have been granted an extension to question two men being held over the death of a woman in Strathfoyle.

Liam Carlin and Kevin Downey, both aged 21,  appeared at Derry Magistrate's Court this morning, (Thursday) where the police asked for an extension until midnight tonight.

Defence solicitor for Carlin Mr. Dermot Walker opposed the application on the grounds there was insufficient evidence.

He said there were no witnesses to Paula Carlin's death, no forensic evidence put to his client and he added that after the post mortem, police had only said that they could not rule out the possibility that the woman had been hit with an object.

A detective constable Derek McLaughlin told the court both men had been arrested on Tuesday. He said the house was still sealed off and there were forensic matters ongoing.

He said a large number of witnesses had been interviewed and ten more still had to be spoken to.
The detective said police had seized mobile phones and SIM cards and needed time to put matters to the two men.

Deputy district judge Eamonn King granted the extension.