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Double tragedy Man who killed his mother and partner in murder suicide was known to police

It is understood the man was the perpetrator of both murders and that he is well-known to police.

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The scene in Newtownabbey, County Antrim

The scene in Newtownabbey, County Antrim

The scene in Newtownabbey, County Antrim

A man who murdered his mother and partner on yesterday evening before taking his own life was well known to police and was recently released from prison, the Sunday World can reveal.

The killings have left the Newtownabbey area of County Antrim in shock and disbelief.

Today the murder scenes in Derrycoole in the Rathcoole estate and in nearby Glenville Road, close to Monkstown, were still being investigated by forensics officers.

Just before 11pm last night officers were called to the Derrycoole Way property where they found the body of the killer’s mother, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

As they continued their enquiries, police went to a large farm-style house on the Glenville Road where they found a young woman dead and a man in a state of unconsciousness.

First responders performed first aid on the man, however he died at the scene.

It is understood the man was the perpetrator of both murders and that he is well-known to police.

Sunday World sources say the man had been involved in a car chase in recent months which resulted in him spending a period of time in prison.

After his release, he resumed his relationship with the young woman who he murdered at the Glenville address.

Residents in Glenville said the large house the body of the young woman was found in was well-known in the area and is connected to the family of the killer.

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The scene in Newtownabbey, County Antrim

The scene in Newtownabbey, County Antrim

The scene in Newtownabbey, County Antrim

At the Glenville murder scene, DUP MLA Paula Bradley said: “This was horrendous news to waken up to this morning. To hear the lives of two women have been lost, and also the man as well.

“Violence against women and girls is prevalent throughout all of our society, not just in the UK, but across the world.”

A PSNI spokesperson said: “Just after 10.55pm on Friday evening, police received a report of a stabbing at a residential property in the Derrycoole Way area. Officers attended, along with colleagues from NIAS. Sadly, a woman has been pronounced dead.

“As officers carried out further enquiries, they attended a residential property in the Glenville Road area. An unconscious male was located in the property. Despite the provision of first aid, the male was pronounced dead. On searching the property, another deceased female was located.

“While we have launched a murder investigation, we are not looking for anyone else in connection with these incidents which we believe are connected.

"We would urge anyone with any information which may assist our investigation to contact 101 and quote reference number 2441 of 19/03/21. A report can also be made online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/.”

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