For sale... the property where young mother was knifed in second killing of double murder-suicide
The house where double-killer Ken Flanagan stabbed his girlfriend to death before taking his own life is up for sale for nearly half-a-million pounds.
Drug addict Flanagan had earlier killed his mother Karen McClean (50) at a flat nearby before knifing Stacey Knell at a house on the Glenville Road, Newtownabbey.
The Glenville Road property, made up of two houses and an area of land all being sold as a package, has been listed at a guide price of £450,000 — with the agent saying only cash offers will be accepted.
The site consists of a four-bed semi-detached house and a smaller adjacent house, both “in a poor state of repair” as well as surrounding gardens, according to the estate agent.
The property is being sold by Newtownabbey firm Dickson Rice Estate Agent.
Their online advertisement adds the property is “situated on extensive gardens and as such we feel they may be suitable for further housing development, subject to planning.
“The land and properties may also be suitable for a variety of other purposes, all potential purchasers should make their own enquiries.
“Only cash offers will be considered on these properties. More details to follow. Viewing is strictly by appointment only.”
A frenzied Flanagan knifed his mum to death at a flat on the nearby Rathcoole estate before fatally stabbing his lover and ending his own life at the Glenville Road house.
The crimes in March shocked Northern Ireland, with reports at the time of neighbours hearing Flanagan’s mum Karen ‘Kaz’ McClean cry out: “I’m dying, I’m dying... it’s my son,” as her drug-addicted boy mortally wounded her.
The crazed killer left his doting mother as she lay dying and travelled to the nearby family-owned property on Glenville Road where he stabbed his girlfriend Stacey to death before taking his own life.
Stacey, who was believed to be 30 and from east Belfast, is survived by her nine-year-old daughter, with Kaz also survived by a school-aged daughter.
Dickson Rice Estate Agent declined to comment when approached by Sunday Life but it is understood the site is being sold as a development opportunity.
Loving mum Kaz McClean posted a message on Facebook praising her son over his battle with drug addiction shortly before he stabbed her to death in March.
In the post she said: “My handsome son, love you unconditionally. If you only realised your self-worth. You’re better than any of them.”
She also wished him a happy birthday on April 26 last year, posting: “Let’s pray for a better future. Love you, son.” She added she loved her two children “more than life”. It is understood Ken had previously been ordered to stay away from his mum’s house by authorities over his violent behaviour.
In a Facebook post in March last year Kaz also spoke of her pride in her son as he fought substance abuse. She wrote: “So proud of my beautiful son (for) staying clean. I’ve finally got him back. I pray he continues to beat his disease.
“Anybody who judges him or any addict, or calls them junkies, especially when they’ve took drugs, is hypocritical.
“Walk a mile in my shoes as a loving devoted mother. Addicts are so vulnerable. They still need loved. I love you, son. Stay strong.”
Speaking in the aftermath of the killings one neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: “It’s crazy. The community is in shock.
“This is a quiet area where people look out for each other. You never expect anything like this to happen on your doorstep.
“I would have seen Stacey around here with her wee pup sometimes. It’s just so sad. It’s awful... terrible, absolutely dreadful.”
Sydenham-based Stacey formerly attended Ashfield Girls’ School in east Belfast and also had links to Bangor and Holywood.