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Portstewart hairdresser ‘stabbed to death’ in her home

Man held over incident believed to be 69-year-old’s son

By Claire Williamson

A woman who was “exceptionally well-known” is believed to have been stabbed to death in her home.

The woman, named locally as Margaret Evans, was known in the Portstewart area through her hairdressing career as Madame Margo.

On Thursday police confirmed they had launched a murder inquiry into the death.

Reports suggested the incident happened following a domestic dispute in the woman’s home at Knockancor Drive in the town, where it is believed she lived with her husband and son.

It is understood that the woman, who was believed to be 69 years old, had been stabbed in the chest.

A man arrested in connection with the police investigation is thought to be the victim’s son. Police received reports of the incident just before 1.30pm yesterday afternoon and said they were currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the death.

Mrs Evans owned a salon called Madame Margo’s Hair Design.

Her husband John runs a security company called B-Secure.

It is thought she had recently retired, but may have still been carrying out hairdressing work part-time.

Clients flocked from near and far to have their hair done by the well-liked businesswoman.

UUP councillor Norman Hillis’ wife was a former client of Mrs Evans.

He told the Belfast Telegraph last night: “A lot of people would have gone to her locally and from further afield.

“She was exceptionally well-known. She was exceptionally popular.

“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.

“It will be a blow felt by everyone in the Portstewart, Portrush and Coleraine area, especially the thousands of ladies who had their hair done by her and were looked after by her over the years.”

He added: “My wife was a past client and is extremely upset about it.”

Stephen Kane, manager of the Anchor Bar complex in Portstewart, said Mrs Evans was a “charming” woman who would be sadly missed.

He said: “I used to frequent her hairdressers. She was a very nice, charming woman, very friendly and down to earth. She seemed fun to be with.

“She was bubbly, outgoing and friendly. She will be sadly missed in the town.”

Alliance councillor Bernard Fitzpatrick said: “It’s tragic circumstances for the whole family and our sympathy goes out to them.”

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