Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Ulster soccer star's sister found dead in Manchester

THE sister of former Ulster Arsenal star and under-21 Northern Ireland

her home in Birmingham.

her home in Birmingham.

Linda Thomas, a 45- year-old teacher, was discovered in the hallway at her home in Pereira Road, in the Harborne area of the city.

Police have confirmed her 50-year-old husband Neil Thomas has been arrested and charged with murder.

Thomas, also a teacher, who appeared before Birmingham City Magistrates on Wednesday, was remanded in custody until December 18.

Speaking last night, Mrs Harvey's sister, Anne, who also lives in Birmingham, said the whole family were in a state of shock.

'This is just a terrible loss, the whole family are just numb. The childern are absolutely devastated.

'She was a wonderful mother, teacher and sister.'Mrs Thomas leaves behind four children, Lisa (19), Kerry (16), Kimberley (11) and Mark (8).

Mrs Thomas, nee Harvey, was originally from Lurgan but moved to England in 1973.

She attended Lurgan College and then went on to study at the University of Ulster at Coleraine.

Anne added: 'She was a brilliant hockey and tennis player and played for the university. It's just so hard to believe she has gone.

'At the moment we are all together in the house and my mother, also called Linda, is going to stay with the children for a while.'Mrs Thomas was married to her husband Neil for over 20 years. An inquest into the death was opened and adjourned on Thursday, where her brother Jim Harvey formally identified the body.



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