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Life sentence for Co Antrim man who murdered partner

By Michael Donnelly

A 41-year-old Co Antrim man has been jailed for life after he finally admitted the murder of his partner in her Ballymena home last summer.

Denise Dunlop, a 32-year-old mother-of-two, was killed in her Centuripe Avenue home last June.

Mr Justice Weir told her killer Richard McAuley that, as he had no doubt been advised, the law permitted only one penalty for murder, and that was life imprisonment.

Mr Justice Weir also told McAuley, from Townhill Road in Portglenone, that a tariff would be set later indicating when he may become eligible for release by the Parole Commissioners. Although no details of the stabbing were outlined to the court, it is understood Ms Dunlop was stabbed in her home in the early hours of Father's Day last year.

She lived in what was known as 'the army houses' previously used as family accommodation for soldiers on the site of the former St Patrick's Barracks.

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