Extradition considered for stabbing death suspect

Detectives investigating the murder of a mother-of-three in the North are considering seeking the extradition of man arrested in Donegal.

Jennifer Dornan, 30, was found stabbed to death in her burning house in west Belfast last Sunday.

A 37-year-old man detained by gardaí in Donegal on Friday on an unrelated matter is understood to be a suspect in the murder.

The PSNI said they are no longer looking for anyone in the region in relation to the killing.

In regard to the man in custody in Donegal, a PSNI spokesman added: “There are a number of options we will now be considering to progress this investigation and seeking an extradition order is one of these options.”

Ms Dornan’s house in the Lagmore area was so badly damaged by the fire the roof collapsed. Officers believe the killer torched the property in a bid to destroy evidence. The mother of two boys and a girl, all aged under nine, was stabbed with a 14in kitchen knife.

At her requiem mass on Friday, Fr Martin Graham said: “Whoever did this to Jennifer has turned her death, which was cold-hearted and callous already, into something that was wicked and obscene.”

An online campaign to raise funds for Ms Dornan’s young family generated more than £10,000 in just 48 hours.


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