Belfast Telegraph

Man to appear in court over woman’s murder

By Amanda Poole

A 45-year-old man is due to appear at Craigavon Magistrates Court today charged with the murder of Portadown mother-of-three Suzanne Harper.

The body of Mrs Harper (40) was found in The Manor area of the Co Armagh town on Friday.

An ambulance arrived at the woman’s home in a quiet cul-de-sac development off the Brownstown Road and the area was sealed off while PSNI detectives and forensic officers conducted an investigation.

The man was arrested on Friday afternoon and the murder charge follows the completion of a post-mortem examination which was carried out on Saturday to determine the cause of Mrs Harper’s death.

The results of the post-mortem examination have so far not been released so the cause of death has not yet been revealed.

A neighbour of the Harper family, who did not want to be identified, said the entire community had been left stunned by the death.

Mrs Harper, who had two grandchildren, was described as “a truly lovely girl” and “a normal family woman who went about her business and came to and from work”.

Portadown councillor Gladys McCullough, a neighbour of the family, also expressed her sadness at the death.

She said: “Suzanne was a lovely, attractive girl and a very caring mother. She worked hard as a supervisor for Galen and loved looking after her two grandchildren.

“This is a tragedy for everyone concerned.”

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