Belfast Telegraph

Face of Dromore man quizzed by police over three girlfriends’ deaths

By Chris Kilpatrick

This is the man being quizzed about the suspicious deaths of three of his former partners.

Leslie Ross (66) remained in police custody last night after detectives were given another 36 hours to question him about the deaths.

 

The stonemason was detained earlier this week in his home town of Dromore, Co Down, in connection with the deaths of Michelle Bickerstaff (47), Margaret Weise (50) and Lily McKee (52). Michelle Bickerstaff (47) died in April last year; Margaret Weise (50) in August 2007, and Elizabeth McKee (52) in December 2002.

 

The devastated family of Michelle Bickerstaff told the Belfast Telegraph they were struggling to come to terms with the latest developments.

 

Ms Weise’s son Paul said it was a “tough time” for the family.

 

"She was a very, very kind person, a lovely girl," said the of Michelle Bickerstaff.

 

The relative added that Ms Bickerstaff’s life revolved around being a mum to her four children, Lisa, Laura, Scott and Rachel.

 

"It is not 'a shock' – it's just been ongoing. I have been crying all day."

 

The relative said Ms Bickerstaff's family and friends were still grieving following her sudden death. "This was just last year," she said.Mr Ross was previously arrested in connection with the death of Ms Bickerstaff but released unconditionally.

 

Police successfully secured an additional 36 hours to question Mr Ross yesterday.

 

Mr Ross was arrested on Tuesday morning in relation to the deaths.

 

The latest arrest came after detectives carried out a review of the three separate cases and brought in specialist detectives to lead the investigation.

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