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Son held in Mother’s Day murder probe

A Co Antrim woman has been murdered on Mother’s Day.

A man, believed to be her son, is being held over the death.

The 33-year-old man is being questioned by police on suspicion of the murder of his mother and attempted murder of his brother.

The 52-year-old woman was killed and a 31-year-old man injured in what is thought to have been a knife attack.

It is thought the man under arrest attacked the woman during her Mother’s Day celebrations, injuring her 31-year-old son, |who was said to be attempting to protect her.

Police were called to the house at Rossburn Manor in the village of Connor near Ballymena at around 12.30pm yesterday.

It is believed the suspect was arrested at gunpoint at the house after neighbours reported a disturbance.

The injured man is recovering in hospital and his wounds are said to be serious but not life-threatening.

North Antrim DUP representative Mervyn Storey acknowledged the added poignancy of the woman’s murder.

“It is a terrible tragedy for any person to be murdered, but for a mother to be murdered on Mother's Day is truly awful,” he said.

“A day that should have been about celebrating all that is precious and special about parenthood has turned into a nightmare.

“This incident will send shock waves through the community and further afield.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families involved at this very difficult time.”

DUP MP for North Antrim Ian Paisley Jnr described what happened as “absolutely outrageous”.

He said: “The murder of a woman and another man seriously injured by a brutal stabbing incident is just quite shocking.

“I understand the police have arrested a man and have him in Antrim crime suite for investigation. Such a murder is deplorable and must be condemned.

“A sleepy village like Connor will be aghast by such crimes and will receive reassurances that the police have made an arrest and brought charges immediately.”

SDLP MLA Declan O'Loan also expressed his horror.

“This is a shocking family tragedy ending in the death of the mother,” he said.

“The local community is shocked at such an occurrence. I want to extend my sympathy to the whole family involved.

“If anyone knows anything about what led to this tragic outcome, I would ask them to bring that to the police.”

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