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Jennifer Dornan's Sinn Fein neighbour hands over video footage to detectives

By Staff Reporter

A Sinn Fein neighbour of murdered west Belfast woman Jennifer Dornan has handed over CCTV footage of the area to the police.

It has also emerged that the PSNI may have to wait until next year to secure the cross-border transfer of an on-the-run prisoner suspected of murdering the mother-of-three.

Detectives have been trawling tapes taken from a number of properties as part of their investigation into Ms Dornan's death.

They include tapes from the neighbouring property, owned by Turkish barber Mehmet Oner.

Mr Oner, who was targeted after it emerged he had employed the prime suspect in the murder of Eamonn Magee junior, had the CCTV for his own protection.

He provided the tapes to police, as did a Sinn Fein member living in the same street.

A source said Mr Oner's CCTV tapes had picked up images of three people - including one thought to be a female.

Jennifer (30) was found dead in the burnt out remains of her home in the Lagmore estate in the early hours of last Sunday.

She had been stabbed before the property was set on fire. It is believed the blaze was started by the killer to try and cover their tracks.

A 37-year-old was arrested by gardai in the Republic last Friday in connection with the case. He is convicted criminal Raymond O'Neill, who has been on the run from prison since April.

O'Neill has almost 90 previous convictions and had been in prison facing robbery charges.

The PSNI said it was no longer seeking anyone else in Northern Ireland in relation to Jennifer's murder.

But security sources on both sides of the Irish border have indicated it could be many months before O'Neill faces questions in Northern Ireland.

The extradition of a serving prisoner can only be secured once he has served his original jail term and O'Neill has a number of months left on his sentence for assault and burglary.

Furthermore, north of the border, a legal bid to transfer a suspect can only be made once a police file has been submitted to, and reviewed by, the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) - a process that can take many months.

It is understood Ms Dornan's family have been made aware of the potential delays ahead.

Two other people have previously been arrested on suspicion of withholding evidence. Yesterday detectives investigating the murder made a fresh appeal for information about a crucial piece of evidence.

Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes said detectives are particularly keen to find a cream coloured bomber-style men's jacket.

"Now I am appealing to anyone who may see a similar looking jacket discarded anywhere, particularly between Hazel View and Poleglass, or who has any other information to contact us," he said.

Mr Geddes also confirmed that a knife has been recovered and is being examined.

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