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Nathan Ward jailed for life for Christmas day murder of Jayne Reat

By Paul Higgins

A Lisburn man has been jailed for life after he admitted stabbing a mother to death on Christmas Day.

There were emotional scenes at Craigavon Crown Court as 20-year-old Nathan Ward, dressed in a black t-shirt and grey track bottoms, was re-arraigned on all charges and pleaded guilty to the murder of Jayne Toal Reat on 25 December 2017.

Her daughter Charlotte Reat, sitting just a few feet away in the public gallery, began sobbing and was comforted by friends as Ward confessed his guilt to killing her mum and trying to kill Charlotte herself.

Standing seemingly impassive in the dock, flanked by prison guards Ward, with an address at Mornington Lane in Lisburn, also admitted wounding his own father Joseph Tweedie with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm arising from the same incident.

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With her late mother, Jayne

Following the guilty pleas, Judge Patrick Lynch QC jailed the self-confessed killer for life and adjourning for numerous reports from a psychiatrist, probation and victim impact reports, told Ward he would fix the minimum tariff he would spend behind bars in March.

Nothing of the surrounding facts have ever been heard in court but 43-Year-old nurse Jayne died in her daughter’s arms after an incident at the house in Mornington Lane early on 25 December.

During the attack her daughter Charlotte sustained a number of knife wounds to her head, neck and face while Ward's father Joseph Tweedie also received knife wounds.

Police and ambulance crews were called to the scene at Ward’s home on Mornington Lane in Lisburn shortly after 6am on Christmas Day.

In court, as he was being lead in handcuffs to the cells to begin his life sentence, Miss Reat swore towards her mother’s killer.

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