Monday 14 October 2019

Girl (15) found dead in Newry flat was 'strangled' - police

Giselle Marimon-Herrera and her daughter Allison Photo: PSNI
Giselle Marimon-Herrera and her daughter Allison Photo: PSNI

Gareth Cross

A Spanish-born teenager found dead at a flat in Northern Ireland was strangled, police have said.

Allison Marimon-Herrera, 15, was one of three people discovered dead this week at a flat in Newry, Co Down, in a murder-suicide which investigators described as unspeakably tragic.

Detectives said there was a "strong possibility" her mother Giselle Marimon-Herrera, 37, from Colombia, was also throttled.

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said: "I can confirm that her 15-year-old daughter Allison was strangled."

Murder probe: Police forensic officers enter the apartment complex at Glin Ree Court in Newry, Co Down. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Murder probe: Police forensic officers enter the apartment complex at Glin Ree Court in Newry, Co Down. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Police said a 38-year-old man, Giselle Marimon-Herrera's partner, who also lived at the address, died by hanging.

Officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) have launched a murder investigation and are not looking for anybody else.

Police received post-mortem examination results on Friday.

Officers went to the flat in Glin Ree Court close to the city centre after a relative reported concerns that they had not been in contact with a family member for days.

The bodies were discovered at about 11am on Thursday after police forced entry.

Mr Murphy added: "This is an unspeakable tragedy."

Ms Marimon-Herrera is originally from Colombia and moved to Northern Ireland four years ago.

She worked in the Newry area.

Police at the scene in Newry. Photo: Kevin Scott/Belfast Telegraph
Police at the scene in Newry. Photo: Kevin Scott/Belfast Telegraph

Her daughter Allison was born in Spain and has lived in Northern Ireland since 2017.

She attended Newry High School.

Mr Murphy added: "I believe that Giselle and Allison were still alive in the early hours of Sunday morning but family members have not been able to contact them since."

Belfast Telegraph

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