Father of house fire murder victim says: 'Find the animal who killed my daughter.'

NewsBy Sean McGoldrick
Police have launched a murder inquiry into the death of Jennifer Dornan
Police have launched a murder inquiry into the death of Jennifer Dornan
A vigil was held for the mum-of-three in West Belfast
A vigil was held for the mum-of-three in West Belfast

The father of a woman murdered in her Lagmore home in West Belfast has a made a plea to the public to find the person who killed his daughter.

Speaking at a West Belfast vigil held for the mum-of-three, her father, Stephen Dornan, appealed to the public for anyone with information to come forward.

He said: "Whatever you've seen - how little, how big, how small, come forward.

"This animal killed an innocent, defenceless woman in cold blood.

"However little you know, come forward, and he'll be off the streets tomorrow - before he does this to somebody else."

It was initially thought that Ms Dornan had died in the house blaze. 


But a post mortem revealed that Jennifer died before the fire broke out.

Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes, from Serious Crime Branch, appealed to the public for information.

He said: “I can confirm that detectives from Serious Crime Branch have this evening launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a 30 year old woman’s body in a house fire in the Lagmore area of Dunmurry yesterday.

“The victim was 30 year old Jennifer Dornan, whose body was found in her home at Hazel View after the alarm was raised at 5am.

“Following the results of a post mortem examination today, Jennifer’s death has been declared a murder.

“It goes without saying that her family are devastated, firstly by the news of her death and, within the past few hours, suffering the added heartbreak that this was murder. Jennifer leaves behind three young children, two boys and a girl all under 9. Quite simply, they don’t understand what has happened to their mum.

“Jennifer had been on a night out with friends at the Devenish complex on Finaghy Road North on Saturday night. They left at around 1.30am and went back to a friend’s house close to her own home to continue socialising. At 3am she left her friend’s house and walked the short distance home. 

“I am appealing to anyone who saw Jennifer in the bar on Saturday night or Sunday morning or who saw her walking in the Hazel View area between 3 and 4am on Sunday morning to come forward.

“I also want to hear from anyone who saw other people walking in the area around this time, particularly in Hazel View. 

“At around this time a small silver car is seen speeding away from Hazel View. This could be completely unconnected but we need the driver or any passengers to come forward.

“I would also appeal for anyone with any information about Jennifer or who knows anything about the events of Saturday night and Sunday morning to call us.

“The number to phone is the police non-emergency number 101 and ask for detectives. Or people who don’t want to leave their details can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

An online campaign has been set up to raise money for Jennifer's three kids, Abi,4, Martin, 8 and Jayden, 6. 

It has already raised over £10,000.