Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Extradition sought over Jennifer Dornan murder suspect

Published 09/08/2015

A police forensic officer at the scene of a house fire on Hazel View in Lagmore, Belfast where Jennifer Dornan, 30, was found dead
A police forensic officer at the scene of a house fire on Hazel View in Lagmore, Belfast where Jennifer Dornan, 30, was found dead

Detectives investigating the murder of a mother-of-three in Northern Ireland are considering seeking the extradition of man arrested across the Irish border.

Jennifer Dornan, 30, was found stabbed to death in her burning house in west Belfast last Sunday.

A 37-year-old man detained by Irish police in Co Donegal on Friday on an unrelated matter is understood to be a suspect in the murder.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said they are no longer looking for anyone in the region in relation to the killing.

In regard to the man in custody in Donegal, a PSNI spokesman added: "There are a number of options we will now be considering to progress this investigation and seeking an extradition order is one of these options."

Ms Dornan's house in Hazel View in the Lagmore area was so badly damaged by the fire the roof collapsed. Officers believe the killer torched the property in a bid to destroy evidence.

The mother of two boys and girl, all aged under nine, was stabbed with a 14in kitchen knife.

At her requiem mass on Friday, parish priest Fr Martin Graham condemned the crime.

"Whoever did this to Jennifer has turned her death, which was cold-hearted and callous already, into something that was wicked and obscene," he said.

"A family home has been destroyed as her family's hearts have been torn apart."

A 39-year-old man arrested last week on suspicion of withholding information was released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.

An online campaign to raise funds for Ms Dornan's young family generated more than £10,000 in just 48 hours.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph