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Man charged with murder over stabbing on Christmas Day of mum

By Brett Campbell

A teenager has been charged with the murder of a brave nurse who died trying to save her daughter's life on Christmas Day.

Jayne Toal Reat (43), who worked in Craigavon Area Hospital, died in her daughter's arms following the stabbing which happened shortly before 6am on Monday morning at a house on Mornington Lane in Lisburn.

Her 21-year-old daughter Charlotte, who lives in Comber, was injured in the attack along with a male victim who is understood to be Jayne's partner Joe.

Both were taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital for treatment before being discharged a short time later.

Yesterday, detectives from the PSNI's serious crime branch charged a 19-year-old man who was arrested soon after the attack with murder and two counts of attempted murder.

He is expected to appear before Craigavon Magistrates Court today.

It is understood a Christmas Eve party took place at the property before the attack.

Police officers were already attempting to resuscitate the victim by the time four ambulance crews arrived at the scene at around 6am.

Within hours of the attack, Jayne's traumatised and heartbroken daughter revealed that her mother had died a "hero" after trying to save her.

"Today will be a day I will never forget as my mum was murdered in front of my eyes and then later died in my arms," she posted online.

"I can still feel her in my arms and hear her screams of pain and see the panic on her face.

"My mum died saving me."

The talented dancer and choreographer, who has been a winner for the past two years in the Strictly Craigavon Dancing competition, also revealed the extent of her own injuries.

"I was stabbed twice in the head, once in my face and once to the back of my neck," she added.

Close friend Jayne Holly Millar also took to social media where she posted an emotional tribute and vowed to get justice for her "second mummy" and "role model".

"I still can't come to terms with what's happened but I just wanted to say Jayne you were far more than a second mummy to me - you were a friend, family, a counsellor, a shoulder to cry on, a teacher, a role model, an inspiration, a ray of sunshine and a comedian," she wrote.

Ms Millar added: "I will stand by Charlotte through everything Jayne.

"Every single step of the way, I will always be there for her. We will get you justice.

"I love you so much, Jayney."

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