A man stabbed a woman to death in Lisburn then turned the knife on himself, eyewitnesses have claimed.
Residents in the Warren Grove area spoke of their desperate attempts to save the 28-year-old Latvian national after she was attacked at her home last night.
The victim, named locally as Ksenija Vorosilina, suffered multiple injuries in what is believed to have been a domestic incident at about 6.40pm.
A man aged 29 has been arrested and was last night being held in connection with the attack.
A spokeswoman for the PSNI said the man was “helping police with their inquiries”.
Neighbours in the normally quiet residential area of Lisburn said they had been left stunned by the vicious assault.
One neighbour in her late 30s said she had tried in vain to help the victim.
“It happened at about 6.30pm,” the woman, who declined to be named, told the Belfast Telegraph.
“We heard screaming coming from the house behind us, looked out and saw the girl come running out. She threw up, it was a load of blood.
“I tried to help her, but I couldn’t get near because he was standing there waving the knife.
“I tried to negotiate with him and to get to her, I was risking my own life, the police were warning me to stay away, but I couldn’t get close, nobody could.
“He then just started stabbing himself and saying ‘I’ve done a bad thing, I want to die’.
“She had multiple stab wounds — the top of her arm, her back and she had a big gash in her chest. Everybody was phoning for an ambulance.
“The police arrived within minutes but the ambulance took ages — they said there was none available.
“I had spoken to her a few times. She seemed like a lovely girl. Everybody is just numb now. The whole area is in shock — this is such a quiet private development.
“Everybody says hello to each other, but that’s about it.”
It is understood Ms Varosilina
had been living and working in Northern Ireland for the past six years.
She was currently employed as a dress maker but may also have had a second job with a local taxi firm.
The couple had lived in the Warren Grove area for about a year but are not believed to have had any children.
Last night the area around the two-story red-brick semi detached property remained sealed off with red and white police tape.
Plain-clothed detectives and uniformed officers were conducting house-to-house inquiries and liaising with distressed friends who had arrived at the scene.
Stephanie Graham (35), whose house backs on to Warren Grove, said: “I heard screaming just after 6pm. I didn’t know what it was all about. I didn’t know what to do — I was really nervous.
“I think the woman ran outside towards a car in another driveway but then she collapsed.
“It was just terrible to see. Everyone is shocked by the news.”
DUP councillor Jonathan Craig said: “It is a very unfortunate incident between a couple. The whole community will be in shock.”