Saturday 21 April 2018

Suspect in Joanne case too ill to talk

PARTNERS THEN: Joanne Ball, whose body was found in a wardrobe, with former partner Keith Lee, who is in hospital
PARTNERS THEN: Joanne Ball, whose body was found in a wardrobe, with former partner Keith Lee, who is in hospital
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

Gardai must wait at least another week before speaking to a man who leapt from a flat window shortly before gardai discovered his former partner dead in the wardrobe.

Keith Lee, who was hospitalised last month, will spend at least another week, if not two, in hospital recovering from the injuries he suffered in the fall and from a self-inflicted wound.

His former partner, Joanne Ball (38), was discovered by gardai in the wardrobe of the flat in Ranelagh, south Dublin.

Lee had reported Joanne missing two days before her body was found.

Gardai found a Nissan Micra Joanne often drove parked outside the building in Ranelagh. They broke into the apartment, and found Keith Lee three floors below, bleeding profusely from a self-inflicted injury and with broken limbs.

A short time later, they discovered Joanne's body wrapped in a sleeping bag in the wardrobe. She is believed to have been dead for more than 48 hours.

Lee is the key person of interest in the case. But while detectives wait for his health to improve before interviewing him, they have made significant progress in tracking Joanne's movements in the days leading to her murder.

Detectives have already spoken to several witnesses who saw her in the days before she was killed.

CCTV footage from key areas of the city has allowed detectives to retrace her final journey, by tracking the car she used from the north side of the city to the moment it was parked outside the flat in Ranelagh. Mobile phones will also form a key part of the investigation.

Gardai have again appealed for witnesses to come forward who may have encountered Joanne or Keith Lee in the city centre in the days before her body was found.

Joanne Ball's funeral took place last weekend in Meath, where mourners were told that Ms Ball's mother had placed a butterfly in the coffin alongside her daughter.

Sunday Independent

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