| 5°C Belfast

Retired policeman charged with ex-wife’s murder


Murdered: Pauline Haveron

Murdered: Pauline Haveron

Murdered: Pauline Haveron

A retired policeman has appeared in court accused of strangling his estranged wife whose body was found lying in the bath of her home last month.

Joseph Alfred Haveron appeared at Laganside Magistrate’s Court yesterday charged with murdering his wife, Pauline Haveron, who was found dead at her home at Huntingdale Green, Ballyclare, on Sunday, April 18.

It emerged during the hearing that the former policeman took an overdose when detectives launched an inquiry into the death of the mother-of-four.

The 55-year-old was remanded in custody after the court was told police are investigating a claim he threatened to kill her and another person.

Detective Inspector Barry Feeny told the court a person living in Scotland contacted police to tell them about a conversation he had with the accused in which he threatened to kill Mrs Haveron and one of her friends.

Arguing against granting the accused bail, DI Feeny said: “When he [Mr Haveron] was informed of the police murder investigation he took an overdose so we would have concerns for his safety now he has been charged.

“We would also have concerns with regards to the safety of an individual who was a friend of the deceased. We are aware of comments made by the defendant of a threatening nature to that individual.”

Daily Headlines & Evening Telegraph Newsletter

Receive today's headlines directly to your inbox every morning and evening, with our free daily newsletter.

This field is required

However, defence lawyer Fergal McElhatton told the court when his client made the comment, “he was upset with both of them”.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall said she was remanding the accused in custody to allow police to formally interview the witness in Scotland, who is expected to return to the UK next Thursday.

Mr Haveron will appear again by video-link next month.

Top Videos