Murder investigation launched after woman (51) discovered in back garden
Screams break morning silence in quiet cul-de-sac - police launch murder probe
Police have launched a murder investigation after the death of 51-year-old Anne O’Neill in the Finaghy area of Belfast on Saturday morning.
Police received a report of a woman in distress in Ardmore Avenue at around 7am.
"Police responded and a woman was discovered injured in the rear garden of a property in the area," Detective Chief Inspector Geoffrey Boyce said.
"Despite attempts by emergency services at the scene the woman died from her injuries."
Police say two men - aged 23 and 27 - who were arrested at an address in south Belfast a short time later on suspicion of murder, remain in police custody.
Detectives from Serious Crime Branch were at the scene on Saturday.
Detectives investigating murder of woman in Ardmore Ave in Finaghy this morning can confirm deceased is 51 year old Anne O’Neill.— PSNI (@PoliceServiceNI) October 21, 2017
The area has been cordoned off with police using sniffer dogs to conduct searches.
Sinn Fein MLA Mairtin O Muilleoir, who was at the scene on Saturday morning, said residents heard screams break the morning silence.
"People in the neighbourhood are very distressed," he told the Belfast Telegraph.
"This is one of those quiet cul-de-sac areas of Belfast many don't know exist because it’s out of the way. But there are well-established families in the area with strong ties."
Spoke to residents & police at scene of murder of woman in Ardmore Park. Anyone with information about the incident should contact police. pic.twitter.com/q3f2xZsuKR— Máirtín Ó Muilleoir (@newbelfast) October 21, 2017
He added: "This is clearly a very live investigation by the police, there is a lot of activity and I would urge anyone with information to act and contact the police. Don't wait as the sooner the police have the information the better for their investigation.”
Police have appealed for anyone who was in the Ardmore Avenue area of Finaghy on Friday night or early on Saturday morning and who witnessed any suspicious activity or any vehicles driving in the area to contact detectives at Musgrave Police Station.