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Investigation: Katie Brankin, who lived in the Newtownabbey area, died from stab wounds on Monday

Investigation: Katie Brankin, who lived in the Newtownabbey area, died from stab wounds on Monday

Sadness: SDLP’s Cara Hunter said the whole community was left in shock

Sadness: SDLP’s Cara Hunter said the whole community was left in shock

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Investigation: Katie Brankin, who lived in the Newtownabbey area, died from stab wounds on Monday

A man has been charged with murder following the death of a woman at a holiday camp near Limavady on Monday night.

The victim, named by police as 37-year-old Kathleen (Katie) Brankin, who lived in the Newtownabbey area, died from stab wounds at Swanns Bridge Glamping site at Sea Coast Road, a popular area for tourists near to Benone and Downhill beaches.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspect, understood to be Ms Brankin’s 53-year-old partner, was arrested by police on Monday evening.

Last night, the PSNI said he is due to appear at Ballymena Magistrates Court today charged with murder.

The couple had been on holiday in the area.

It is believed they arrived earlier on Monday.

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Ms Brankin is believed to have come from the Finaghy area originally and was a mother of one.

Police previously said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the death.

“We received a report, just after 8.20pm (on Monday), that a woman had been stabbed at an outdoor accommodation site on Sea Coast Road,” said PSNI Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell.

“Officers attended, along with colleagues from Northern Ireland Ambulance Service but, sadly, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. She was 37-years-old.

“A man, aged 53, was subsequently arrested on suspicion of her murder, and he remains in custody.

“While our inquiries are at an early stage, I can confirm that both the victim and the man who was arrested were holidaymakers. We are not looking for anyone else in relation to this tragic death.”

The local area was busy over the weekend with a music festival staged nearby, although the couple are not believed to have attended it.

News of Ms Brankin’s death had stunned the coastal resort, with East Londonderry MLA Cara Hunter saying the whole community had been left in shock following the murder.

“There’s an incredible sense of shock and sadness in Limavady following the terrible murder,” she said.

“This is a quiet community and people are just stunned that such a brutal attack on a woman could happen here. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this woman who will be experiencing unthinkable loss. It is a deeply unfortunate and heart-breaking event.

“I have spoken with local residents who have voiced their sympathies with the family, and it is really devastating because this is such a beautiful, welcoming area.

“We welcome thousands of visitors every year, and something like this happening is unheard of.”

Alliance MLA John Blair said that shock had now filtered into the Newtownabbey area as well.

“On hearing the news the victim has lived locally in Newtownabbey there was a great depth of sorrow and sadness,” the South Antrim MLA said.

“It’s tragic news and I extend my condolences to the victim’s family and friends.”


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