Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

Mum-of-five Gemma McShane falls to her death from flat window

Police at flats on the Antrim Road in north Belfast where a woman's body was discovered
Police at flats on the Antrim Road in north Belfast where a woman's body was discovered

The woman found dead beside an apartment block in Belfast was a popular young mother.

The circumstances of the tragic death of the 30-year-old woman, whose lifeless body was found in an alleyway in the north of the city, are still being investigated by police.

The victim has been named locally as Gemma McShane.

The body of the well-liked mother-of-five was found in the laneway which runs off the Antrim Road at around 8.50am on Sunday.

It is not yet clear how Ms McShane died. However, it is understood she may have suffered fatal injuries following a fall from a window of one of the upper storey flats, in the block which runs alongside the lane.

Police forensic officers were called to examine the scene, which is just a short distance from the New Lodge Road junction.

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said one of its crews attended the scene on Sunday morning but were not required to bring anyone to hospital.

A PSNI spokesman said at this stage the young woman's death was being treated as "unexplained".

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out.

The full-time mum and former pupil at Little Flower Girls School was well-known and liked by people living in the area.

On Sunday evening local residents said they were shocked and saddened to learn of her death.

One woman said: "It's really very sad. I feel so sorry for her family.

"Something like this happening just before Christmas is so awful."

A man added: "I was going to the shop this morning and saw police and ambulance everywhere.

"One of the girls who lives in the flats told me a young girl had fallen five floors."

Messages of condolence were also posted on Facebook and Twitter. One man said: "Sad to hear the news of Gemma McShane passing today thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad time..."

Last night, SDLP councillor for the area, Pat Convery, told the Belfast Telegraph the death was a tragedy.

"This is tragic news," he said. "My prayers and thoughts are with the family at this time."

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