Man accused of killing west Belfast mother-of-three refused bail

Man accused of killing west Belfast mother-of-three refused bail

Man extradited to NI to face murder and arson charges

A man has been remanded in custody after being extradited earlier today to Northern Ireland over the killing of a mother-of-three in west Belfast.

Raymond O'Neill, 40, is facing charges of murder and arson endangering life in connection with Jennifer Dornan's death in August 2015.

Ms Dornan, 30, was found stabbed inside her burning home at Hazel View in the Lagmore area of the city.

O'Neill, with a previous address at Amcomri Street in Belfast, is also to be separately charged with the rape of another woman back in 2003.

As O'Neill appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court in a wheelchair due to medical issues, prosecutors confirmed the charges of murder, arson and rape against him.

He said: "It was a traumatic event and the allegations against him (O'Neill) are very serious".

The court heard an initial decision was taken not to prosecute in 2005, before a review more than a decade later.

A 40-YEAR-OLD man suspected of the murder of Jennifer Dornan has appeared in court in Belfast following his extradition from the Republic of Ireland earlier today. 

The man was arrested on foot of bench warrants for the offences of murder and arson and a rape investigation which is unconnected to the Dornan murder. 

This follows a ruling by the High Court in Dublin on 2 November 2018 to extradite him to Northern Ireland for trial on charges in connection with the murder of Jennifer Dornan. 

The man appeared before Laganside Magistrates Court today and was remanded in custody until 4 December. 

Since Jennifers murder, we have continually sought to bring the person responsible to justice and have worked closely with justice partners including An Garda Síochána and the PPS, Detective Chief Inspector Peter McKenna said. 

Todays arrest demonstrates the benefits of joint working between police services and agencies. 

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