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Man held in connection with Belfast murder

Jennifer Dornan
Jennifer Dornan

A 37-year-old man set to be prosecuted for the murder of a Belfast mother-of-three has been detained in Dublin on a European arrest warrant.

The Public Prosecution Service in Northern Ireland said it had decided to prosecute a suspect for the murder of Jennifer Dornan.

Raymond O'Neill was arrested by gardai in Dublin on Wednesday and later appeared in an extradition court in the city.

He was remanded in custody until later this month.

Ms Dornan was found stabbed to death in her burning house in Hazel View in the Lagmore area of west Belfast last August.

O'Neill, who has a previous address in Summerhill Walk, Dunmurry, is to be prosecuted for murder and arson.

PPS assistant director Marianne O'Kane said: "Senior prosecutors, from both the PPS's Serious Crime Unit and Appeals and International Section, have worked closely with the PSNI investigating team over recent months to expedite the prosecution decision in this case and commence extradition proceedings."

PSNI Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes said: "We will be seeking this man's extradition to Northern Ireland as part of our investigation into Jennifer's murder.

"We have been working closely with the Public Prosecution Service to ensure this matter is expedited as quickly as possible."