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Man to appear in court charged with killing his mother

By Rebecca Black

Published 14/12/2015

Police at the scene of the murder of Lija Arustamova in Portavogie
Police at the scene of the murder of Lija Arustamova in Portavogie
Viktor Vitkov

A Latvian man has been charged with the murder of his mother in rural Co Down.

Lija Arustamova (52) died at her home in Portavogie in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Her son, 25-year-old Viktor Vitkov, from Main Street, Portavogie has been charged with her murder and is expected to appear before Downpatrick Magistrates Court this morning.

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Dickson said: "Police have arrested a 25-year-old man following the death of a 52-year-old woman in the Portavogie area. He has been taken to Musgrave Police Station for questioning."

DUP councillor Robert Adair extended his deepest sympathies to the family.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this dear lady," he said.

It is understood mother and son had been living in the Co Down village for around two years. Strangford MP Jim Shannon said the news had "rocked" the seaside village. He said: "As a community, we are deeply shocked by the news that a woman has died.

"The mother and son had been in the area for some time but as far as I know, the majority of their family are still living in Latvia.

"I can only imagine the devastation that this woman's family and friends are experiencing, especially in the run-up to Christmas.

"My thoughts are always with family and friends of the bereaved over Christmas time - it is heartbreaking to have lost a loved one at any stage let alone this, close to what should be an enjoyable time for all. I wish the family my sincerest condolences."

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