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Flat death woman murdered, say police

By Claire Weir

A woman who was found dead in south Belfast on Monday was murdered, police said last night.

The 51-year-old victim has been named as Patricia Bardon.

She was discovered dead in her flat at Elm Court off the Donegall Pass area, close to the city centre, on Monday afternoon.

The murder investigation was launched by the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch yesterday evening following the results of a post mortem examination.

Sources in the area say the murdered woman was a private person and not well-known, but that she had been due to get married.

A 53-year-old man was last night being questioned by police in connection with the death.

It is not yet known how Ms Bardon died.

A PSNI spokesman said last night: “Detectives from the PSNI Serious Crime Branch have launched a murder investigation following the results of a post- mortem examination on the body of a woman found in south Belfast on August 23.

“A 53-year-old man is still being questioned in connection with the murder.”

DUP councillor Ruth Patterson said that the murder was “tragic”.

“People will naturally want to know how and why she died, but this woman is dead, she has been murdered — it is a tragedy and her family will be suffering,” she said.

She added that people living in the area have been left shocked that a murder took place there.

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