Tuesday 23 January 2018

Police urge nurse's killer to own up

The killer of a nurse who was strangled in Co Antrim was urged by police today to own up.

Mother-of-three Pauline Haveron, 53, was found dead at her home in Ballyclare almost a fortnight ago.

As mourners gathered for her funeral, Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway, who is leading the investigation, said the killer should come forward to ease the suffering of her children, who were numb with grief.

One man who was questioned about the murder was later released without charge.

In a direct appeal to the killer, Mr Galloway said: "You have caused terrible suffering to Pauline's children. They have been consumed by grief and have been struggling to come to terms with what has happened.

"You are responsible for taking away their mother whom they loved more than anything else. Your silence only prolongs their suffering. I am asking you to do the right thing. Come forward and speak to police."

Mrs Haveron's body was discovered at her house in the early hours of Sunday, April 18.

Detectives are trying to trace taxi and delivery drivers as well as people coming and going from work who may have seen a car or someone leaving on foot from the town's Huntington area where the victim lived.

She had two grown-up sons and a daughter, who said she lived for her family and church.

A statement said: "We are absolutely devastated that someone has taken our beautiful mother from us.

"Words cannot describe how extremely close we all were to her and, in times such as these, how we relied on her strength and advice.

"We miss her dreadfully and always will. While we feel that our lives are ruined and that it will be very hard to ever recover from this, it would give us some small degree of comfort if the person responsible could be brought to justice.

"We appeal to anyone who knows anything about this to come forward and contact the police."

Press Association

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