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Man held as police hunt killer of Jennifer

By Rebecca Black

Published 06/08/2015

Police have removed the bomb which caused road closures in the Andersonstown Road area
Police have removed the bomb which caused road closures in the Andersonstown Road area

Detectives hunting the killer of a 30-year-old mother-of-three in west Belfast last night arrested a man in connection with the murder.

Police investigating Jennifer Dornan's death arrested a 39-year-old in Belfast on suspicion of withholding information.

He was being questioned at a police station last night.

The young mother was last seen leaving a friend's house in the Lagmore area at around 3am on Sunday to walk the short distance home and a fire was reported at her home on Hazel View at 5am.

Following the arrest, the officer leading the investigation, Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes, expressed his gratitude to the community for their assistance.

He and officers from Serious Crime Branch again appealed for anyone with information about Jennifer's death to come forward.

A spokesman for the PSNI said: "The suspect was arrested on suspicion of withholding information and has been taken to a police station in Belfast for questioning."

The PSNI initially believed Jennifer died in the fire. A post-mortem revealed she had been killed before the blaze and a murder inquiry was launched.

Sources close to the investigation say she was stabbed up to five times before her murderer attempted to cover their tracks by starting a fire in the bedroom.

Security camera footage recorded on a CCTV system nearby has been handed to police.

"We have CCTV footage and we are processing it now. It takes a little time but it could hold vital clues," Mr Geddes said.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who saw a small silver car speeding away from the Hazel View area early on Sunday.

Around 1,000 people turned out for a vigil at Ms Dornan's former home on Monday evening.

Ms Dornan had three young children. Fundraising for them has so far raised over £15,000.

Toys and clothes have also been donated by local people and businesses.

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