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Separate murder charges over deaths of Anne O'Neill and Laurence Shaw

By Cate McCurry

Two people were last night charged with separate murders in Northern Ireland.

A 27-year-old man has been charged with the weekend murder of Anne O’Neill in Belfast.

Police also charged a 39-year-old man with the murder of Laurence Shaw in Larne on Sunday, October 8. The 56-year-old was found at his home in Hillmount Gardens in the Co Antrim town.

The man will appear in court this morning.

Ms O’Neill (51) was found with head injuries after she was attacked at her parents’ house in Ardmore Avenue in Finaghy on Saturday.

The PSNI released a 23-year-old man on bail pending further enquiries earlier this week.

On Monday, detectives were granted a further 24 hours to question the 27-year-old man.

Last night, he was charged with her murder and he is set to appear before Belfast Magistrates’ Court today.

The PSNI said the Public Prosecution Service will review the charges in both cases.

Ms O’Neill is understood to have suffered head injuries before she died.

The murder victim, from Drenia, a cul-de-sac in west Belfast, had been staying with her elderly parents George and Clare Burleigh in the south of the city.

The murder inquiry is being led by officers at Musgrave police station. Neighbours had reported hearing a woman’s screams around the time of the attack.

Ms O’Neill, a retired nurse, was treated at the scene.

However, she died from her injuries.

Residents described how they heard her shout for help minutes before she was discovered.

A neighbour of Ms O’Neill’s expressed her shock at the death.

“She never did anyone any harm and was a always good neighbour,” she said.

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