Drug dealer, wife killed in N. Ireland

CRAIGAVON, Northern Ireland, March 9 (UPI) -- A man police identified as an Irish gangster and his wife were shot dead in their fortified home in Armagh in Northern Ireland, investigators said.

The bodies of Hugh McGeough and his wife, Jacqueline, were found Monday afternoon by their son, The Irish Times reported. McGeough, 56, was described as a major drug dealer.


Police said the house in Craigavon had bullet-proof glass in its windows, armored doors and security lights and cameras, and was only a short distance from a Police Service of Northern Ireland station. Investigators suggested the reinforced doors and windows may have delayed the discovery of the killings by muffling the sound of shots being fired.

Investigators say the couple may have known the killer.

McGeough and his wife returned home Sunday afternoon from a weekend at a hotel in Letterkenny. They are known to have been alive as recently as about 11 a.m. Monday.

In 2004, McGeough was sentenced to prison for his part in a killing in the Craigavon area.

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