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Respect: Flowers left near the scene of the weekend tragedy in Co Antrim

Respect: Flowers left near the scene of the weekend tragedy in Co Antrim

Detective Chief Superintendent Lindsay Fisher

Detective Chief Superintendent Lindsay Fisher

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Respect: Flowers left near the scene of the weekend tragedy in Co Antrim

The head of the PSNI's specialist domestic abuse unit has said violence against women perpetrated by older children is on the increase as she welcomed new legislation designed to help deal with the growing instances of matricide.

Detective Chief Superintendent Lindsay Fisher was speaking after the brutal murder of Karen McClean (50) by her son Ken Flanagan at the weekend.

Flanagan (26) was known to police and had been red-flagged to them and social services just hours before he stabbed his mother to death at her Rathcoole home before murdering his girlfriend Stacey Knell (30) and then taking his own life.


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