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Murder probe launched as woman dies after assault

Natasha Melendez, aged 32 and formerly from Venezuela, was assaulted last month in Lisburn and died on Wednesday evening.

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Detectives have launched a murder inquiry following the death of a woman in hospital after a serious assault at a property in Northern Ireland.

Natasha Melendez, aged 32 and originally from Venezuela, was hurt last month in Lisburn and died on Wednesday evening.

Detective Chief Inspector Michelle Shaw said: “Natasha Melendez, formerly from Venezuela, was subject to a serious assault last month and was being treated in hospital for her injuries.

“Sadly she has now died and my thoughts today are with her parents and wider family circle.

“A 30-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman who were arrested in connection with her death have been released pending further investigation.”

She appealed for anyone with information to contact police.

PA