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Murdered pensioner Margaret Evans laid to rest

By Rebecca Black

A popular north coast businesswoman found murdered at her home last week was laid to rest yesterday.

A large number of mourners turned out in Portstewart to bid a final farewell to Margaret Evans (69). The pensioner had been manager of the popular hair salon Madame Margo until earlier this year when she retired.

Clients flocked from near and far to have their hair done by the well-liked hairdresser. The funeral service yesterday was held at Portstewart Presbyterian Church and was attended by a large number of local people showing their support to the devastated family.

Mrs Evans' husband and daughter comforted each other walking behind the coffin as the procession left the church. Local people were shocked when Mrs Evans was found in the back garden of her home at Knockancor Drive last Wednesday.

UUP councillor Norman Hillis' wife was a former client of Mrs Evans. Speaking previously he said: "It's a major tragedy that someone like Madame Margo, part of Portstewart, really, has died tragically when she was just looking forward to retirement." Her 32-year-old son was arrested in connection with the murder. He has since been released from police custody and is being detained under the Mental Health Act.

Last week, the officer in charge of the investigation appealed for information.

Detective Chief Inspector Una Jennings particularly asked "anyone in the community who saw, spoke to, or met with any member of the Evans family in recent days" to get in touch with officers.

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