Two men arrested on suspicion of murdering Paul Houston

Police have arrested two men on suspicion of robbing and murdering Irish tourist Paul Houston in Alvor on September 6.

In a statement sent to the Algarve Resident, the Polícia Judiciária has confirmed that the two suspects in custody are aged 19 and 26.

Their nationality has not been revealed.

“The exhaustive, lengthy and careful investigation work carried out in the last few days, with the help of other police forces and the intense collection of information, allowed the perpetrators to be identified, found and detained, as well as other elements of the group,” said the statement.

According to the police, the pair were arrested by Portimão’s criminal investigation branch of the PJ on Wednesday, September 16, as they prepared to leave the region.

A police spokesman told Portuguese news agency Lusa that one of the suspects had an airline ticket to Brazil while the other had a bus ticket to Lisbon.

The spokesman added that the suspects were arrested without resistance in Lagos, “where they had been living for some time”.

The suspects are to be taken to court where a judge will decide whether the pair will remain in custody until the case goes to trial.

Paul Houston, 51, from Londonderry, Northern Ireland, had been on holiday in Alvor, near Portimão with his wife Celine and another couple.

The prominent businessman was a father of four and the president of Greencastle Golf Club in Co. Donegal.