Tuesday 18 December 2018

Teen quizzed after woman stabbed to death in the North

He is recovering in hospital
He is recovering in hospital

David Young

A woman was murdered in a savage stabbing attack in Northern Ireland early on Christmas morning.

The local community in Lisburn in Co Antrim was left stunned by the killing.

A 19-year-old man has been arrested and is helping police with their inquiries.

Emergency services rushed to Mornington Lane in Lisburn at 6am yesterday, following reports of a stabbing incident in the quiet residential street.

Four ambulance crews were dispatched to the scene.

When they arrived, police officers were already attempting emergency resuscitation on one of the injured. Three injured people were rushed to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

The police are treating the woman's death as murder.

Yesterday, Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell, from the PSNI's serious crime branch, said that detectives had launched a murder investigation following the death of the woman.

SDLP Lagan Valley MLA Pat Catney said: "People across Lisburn are in shock this morning.This should be a day families spend together, happy and grateful to have each other."

Prayers

"Instead, a family is waking up on Christmas morning to news of the death of a loved one.

"I can't begin to imagine the pain they're feeling today.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the woman's family and friends at this extremely difficult time.

"I understand police have launched a murder investigation.

"I would urge anyone with information, however small, about what happened here to bring it forward as soon as possible," the SDLP representative said.

A local resident told the BBC: "I saw the flashing lights, the ambulances, police cars and the crime scene investigators arrive. I'm completely in shock.

"It makes you feel lucky for what you have... it's really bad," they said.

"There's never anything in this estate. This whole part of the town is very quiet. It is just unreal."

Councillor Amanda Grehan, who represents the area on the local council, said that Mornington was a quiet area of new-build homes, mostly populated by young married couples.

She said that local residents were left totally devastated by news of the brutal murder.

Irish Independent

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