Friday 20 April 2018

'Her outward beauty portrayed an inner beauty' - murder victim Joanne Ball laid to rest

Joanne Ball was laid to rest today
Joanne Ball was laid to rest today

Alan O'Keeffe

Murder victim Joanne Ball was a beautiful person whose death is "a nightmare' for her family, said a priest at her Requiem Mass today.

"Her outward beauty portrayed an inner beauty," said Fr John Conlon at her funeral in Duleek, County Meath.

Her parents must be hoping they will wake up from "a terrible dream" but they must cope with the reality of "terrible pain," he said.

The body of Joanne was discovered by gardai hidden in a wardrobe in her estranged husband's flat in Ranelagh in Dublin last week. 

Joanne Ball Funeral Duleek. Photo: Justin Farrelly.
Joanne Ball Funeral Duleek. Photo: Justin Farrelly.

Her husband Keith Lee leaped from the window of the third floor flat when gardai arrived, breaking his legs and suffering serious injuries.  Lee also began self-harming with a knife as he lay the ground before gardai intervened to give him first aid.

Gardai will interview him when he is well enough to answer questions. He is the chief suspect in their investigation.

Today, a silver casket with her remains was brought to the church in Duleek by a white horse-drawn hearse pulled by two white horses with pink plumes.

Three photographs were brought to the altar in the church during the Mass. One picture was of her dog Ziggy symbolising her love for animals and nature, a photo of her parents Dermot and Catherine symbolised the love of her family, and a photo of Joanne dressed in a stylish outfit showed her love for fashion and "her outward the beauty portrayed an inner beauty," said Fr Conlon.

38-year-old Joanne Lee
38-year-old Joanne Lee

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