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Jennifer Dornan murder: PSNI may seek extradition of suspect

By David Young

Published 10/08/2015

Murdered: Jennifer Dornan
Murdered: Jennifer Dornan

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

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

Funeral of west Belfast murder victim Jennifer Dornan as it leaves her Mothers home at Wolflink Link, Belfast. Pictured back right carrying her coffin is her father Stephen Dornan. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.com
Funeral of west Belfast murder victim Jennifer Dornan as it leaves her Mothers home at Wolflink Link, Belfast. Pictured back right carrying her coffin is her father Stephen Dornan. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.com
Funeral of west Belfast murder victim Jennifer Dornan as it leaves her Mothers home at Wolflink Link, Belfast. Pictured back right carrying her coffin is her father Stephen Dornan. Photo: Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.com
Funeral of West Belfast murder victim Jennifer Dornan as it leaves her Mothers home at Wolflink Link, Belfast. Pictured back right carrying her coffin is her father Stephen Dornan. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.com
Funeral of west Belfast murder victim Jennifer Dornan as it leaves her Mothers home at Wolflink Link, Belfast. Pictured back right carrying her coffin is her father Stephen Dornan. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.com
Pictured is the funeral of Jennifer Dornan as it makes its way from Wolfhill Link in Belfast to the Christ of the Redeemer church in Lagmore. Photo: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Pictured is the funeral of Jennifer Dornan as it makes its way from Wolfhill Link in Belfast to the Christ of the Redeemer church in Lagmore. Photo: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Pictured is the funeral of Jennifer Dornan as it makes its way from Wolfhill Link in Belfast to the Christ of the Redeemer church in Lagmore. Photo: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Pictured is the funeral of Jennifer Dornan as it makes its way from Wolfhill Link in Belfast to the Christ of the Redeemer church in Lagmore. Photo: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Pictured is the funeral of Jennifer Dornan as it makes its way from Wolfhill Link in Belfast to the Christ of the Redeemer church in Lagmore. Photo: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Pictured is the funeral of Jennifer Dornan as it makes its way from Wolfhill Link in Belfast to the Christ of the Redeemer church in Lagmore. Photo: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Pictured is the funeral of Jennifer Dornan as it makes its way from Wolfhill Link in Belfast to the Christ of the Redeemer church in Lagmore. Photo: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Pictured is the funeral of Jennifer Dornan as it makes its way from Wolfhill Link in Belfast to the Christ of the Redeemer church in Lagmore. Photo: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Pictured is the funeral of Jennifer Dornan as it makes its way from Wolfhill Link in Belfast to the Christ of the Redeemer church in Lagmore. Photo: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Pictured is the funeral of Jennifer Dornan as it makes its way from Wolfhill Link in Belfast to the Christ of the Redeemer church in Lagmore. Photo: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Pictured is the funeral of Jennifer Dornan as it makes its way from Wolfhill Link in Belfast to the Christ of the Redeemer church in Lagmore. Photo: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Pictured is the funeral of Jennifer Dornan as it makes its way from Wolfhill Link in Belfast to the Christ of the Redeemer church in Lagmore. Photo: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

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

The 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 a 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 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 family has generated over £16,000.

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