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Family heartbroken as tragic Natalie (23) strangled to death

Natalie McGuinness
Natalie McGuinness

A 33-year-old man is being questioned by gardai following the death of 23-year-old Natalie McGuinness.

Natalie as attacked in a house in Sligo and officers later tasered a man who was found stabbing himself on the street.

Sources say it is suspected the man strangled Natalie before stabbing himself in the head.

"The suspect was armed with a knife and was threatening ambulance staff when gardaí arrived at the scene," a source said.

"There was a lot of blood in the house - but it turned out that this was from his own self-inflicted wounds after he stabbed himself in the head.

"He was treated for these minor injuries in hospital."

The heartbroken relatives of a young Natalie have described her as the heart and soul of the family.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, an aunt of Natalie's said the family were "heartbroken" and appealed for space to grieve.

"All I can say is that we are devastated. She was a loving girl who was the heart and soul of any family gathering," she said.

"She was incredibly good- natured. We all thought the world of her. We will miss her endlessly. We just want some privacy now to grieve."

Sources say a major line in the investigation is whether the man, who was treated for head injuries, was intoxicated when the incident happened.

The suspect, who is originally from Boyle, Co Roscommon, has 21 previous convictions ranging from criminal damage, obstruction and numerous other public order offences.

His most serious conviction dates from 2008, when he was given a two-year suspended sentence for assaulting gardaí.