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Doctor Declan O'Neill charged with murdering mum Anne suspended by medical chiefs

By Claire Williamson

A doctor charged with murdering his mum in an alleged attack at a house in south Belfast has had his medical licence suspended.

Mother-of-two Anne O'Neill (51) died after the alleged assault at a house in Finaghy on Saturday, October 21.

Her son, Declan O'Neill (27), of Malone Avenue, has been remanded in custody charged with the murder.

The doctor, who denies the charge, had been working as a locum at Belfast Trust hospitals.

He did not seek bail when charged.

The Belfast Telegraph can reveal he has now been "interim suspended" by the General Medical Council (GMC).

A GMC spokeswoman said in a statement: "Dr O'Neill is interim suspended - he was suspended following a hearing of the Interim Orders Tribunal (IOT) at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) in Manchester on 10 November 2017.

"An interim orders tribunal can suspend or restrict a doctor's practice while an investigation continues, if it is necessary for the protection of the public, or otherwise be in the public interest or in the interests of the doctor.

"Our fitness to practise investigation continues.

"Where there are criminal proceedings we would always wait for these to conclude before completing our own investigation."

The doctor was remanded in custody on October 25 to appear again via video-link later this month. At his mother's funeral at St Anne's Church in Finaghy the priest told mourners "hearts are breaking" for the family, including the victim's elderly parents Claire and George Burleigh.

Fr Feargal McGrady said: "It just seems too much."

The former district nurse was found in the back garden of her parents' house.

Emergency crews tried desperately to resuscitate the mother-of-two, who retired due to a back injury, in the back garden of the small bungalow in Ardmore Avenue.

But they were unable to save her and she died at the scene.

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