13/10/2017

Man Charged Following Discovery Of Woman's Body In West Belfast

A man has been charged in connection with the death of a woman who is it believed lay undiscovered in a west Belfast flat for more than two years.

The body of 68-year-old Marie Conlon was discovered at the flat on Larkspur Rise on Friday 06 October.

Detectives investigating the death detained the 23-year-old man on Wednesday 11 October.

He is to face charges relating to theft, fraud and preventing the lawful burial of a body.
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It is understood that he is not currently facing any charges relating to murder, while police await the outcome of forensic examinations into Ms Conlon's cause of death.

Police previously reported that the last known sighting of Ms Conlon was in January 2015 and that they believe her death occurred around this time.

Alliance Justice spokesperson Trevor Lunn MLA issued an appeal for information: "This is a horrifying discovery and my sympathies are with the loved ones of Ms Conlon.

"I would appeal for anyone with information on this matter to contact police immediately with it, so those involved can be brought to justice."

(MH/JP)

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