Tuesday 18 June 2019

Woman 'died saving life of her daughter' in horrific stabbing on Christmas Day

Police are treating the death of a 53-year-old woman as murder
Police are treating the death of a 53-year-old woman as murder

Victoria Leonard

A brave Lisburn mum is understood to have died saving the life of her daughter in a horrific early-morning stabbing incident on Christmas Day.

Charlotte Reat (21) said that her courageous mother, Jayne Toal Reat, had died in her arms after saving her from being stabbed to death at a house in the town’s Mornington Lane.

At 6am on Christmas morning, four ambulance crews were dispatched to the scene.

When they arrived, police officers were already attempting emergency resuscitation on one of the injured people.

Three people were rushed to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust confirmed that two people had since been discharged.

Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell from PSNI Serious Crime Branch said that detectives had launched a murder investigation following the incident.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on Monday, Christmas Day.

In a heartbreaking message posted online on the day of the atrocity, Charlotte, who said she was also stabbed several times during the attack, told how Jayne had been “murdered in front of my eyes and then later died in my arms.”

Comber resident Charlotte wrote: “I just want to thank everyone for all the kind messages and posts.

“I’m not in the frame of mind to reply to anyone nor am I fit to be writing this status.

“Today will be a day I will never forget as my mum was murdered in front of my eyes and then later died in my arms.

“I can still feel her in my arms and hear her screams of pain and see the panic on her face.

“My mum died saving me, I was stabbed twice in the head once in my face and once to the back of my neck.”

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.

"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."

Alliance councillor Amanda Grehan, who represents the area said her thoughts were with the victim's loved ones.

"This is a relatively new development, made up of people from all walks of life, and is usually very quiet.

"There is a shock among residents in the wider Mornington area, as they have never had to deal with anything like this here before.

"My thoughts are with the loved ones of the victim. Christmas Day is one most people spend with their families and is full of joyous moments.

"However, now we have one family plunged into grief and despair.

"I would urge anyone with information on this terrible incident to take it to police immediately."

Belfast Telegraph

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