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Suspect in murder of mother of three in ‘critical condition’ in prison

Jennifer Dornan
Jennifer Dornan

A MAN wanted in the North in connection with the murder of a mother of three is in “critical condition” in prison, a court was told today.

Raymond O'Neill (37) is facing charges of murder and arson over the death of Jennifer Dornan (30), who was found stabbed to death in her burning house in Hazel View in the Lagmore area of west Belfast in August 2015.

O'Neill, with a previous address in Summerhill Walk, Dunmurry, Belfast, was arrested by gardai in Dublin in February this year on foot of a European Arrest Warrant.

A previous extradition hearing at the High Court in Dublin had been adjourned after O'Neill took a drugs overdose in his cell in the Midlands prison.

And today Justice Aileen Donnelly was told that, due to health reasons, O’Neill was still unable to attend court in person.

Caroline Cummings BL, for O’Neill, told the court that her client “remains in a critical condition”.

However, Ms Cummings said that she had not been provided with “any medical evidence” regarding O’Neill’s state of health.

Earlier, Judge Donnelly had expressed her dissatisfaction over the lack of information the court had about O’Neill’s well-being.

Referring to a previous order she had made for a medical report to be “made available by close of business last Friday”, the judge added: “I require some reason why the order I made seeking a detailed report has not been made.”

The judge said the court required the report to assess O’Neill’s “capacity to give instructions in relation to the matter”.

O’Neill was remanded in custody and his extradition hearing was adjourned until December 19.