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Mum will be brightest star in the sky: Mother of Joleen Corr speaks out after daughter's death

By Michael Sheils McNamee

The mother of Joleen Corr, who died after spending 18 months in a coma, has said her grandson - Joleen's son - knows his mother will be "the brightest star in the sky".

Administration of food and fluids to Joleen was stopped on Monday after a ruling from a judge that she could no longer be kept alive due to her being in extreme pain from her injuries.

The young mother died on Friday.

It comes as the PPS announced it will review the attempted murder charge in the case.

Speaking to BBC Radio Ulster's Talkback programme, her mother Carol said: "We were prepared but it didn’t change when it happened. It was still a shock, it still broke our hearts.

"The special moment I had was when the nurse lifted Joleen up and put her in my arms. That was a special moment, when she took her last three breaths she was in my arms."

Carol Corr said before going to court the family had thought "what would Joleen want?"

"First and foremost. And with Joleen being such a fun and lively wee girl who just loved life, loved her wee son with all her heart, and loved us as her family, and loved by many," she said.

Carol said she had spoken to her grandson James, Joleen's son, since the death of his mother, and said: "He knows his mummy is going to heaven, and she is going to be the brightest star in the sky".

The 27-year-old mother was severely injured after the attack at her home in Downpatrick in 2016.

A spokesperson for the PPS said: "We have been informed of the very sad news of the death of the victim in this case.

“The attempted murder charge currently against a 32-year-old man is now to be reviewed. We will continue to keep the victim’s family informed of all significant developments in this case."

Belfast man Michael O'Connor has been charged in connection with the attack on Joleen. He pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and grievous bodily harm and is currently on remand.

O'Connor, originally from Westrock Grove, is understood to be Ms Corr's ex-partner.

No date has yet been set for his trial.

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