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Teenager to appear in court charged with Christmas Day murder

He also faces two charges of attempted murder

A teenager has been charged with the Christmas Day murder of a Banbridge mother.

The 19-year-old man will appear in court tomorrow (Friday) in relation to Jayne Toal Reat’s death at a house on Lisburn on Monday.

The 43-year-old died following a stabbing incident at a house in Mornington Lane at around 6am.

A second woman and a man also sustained injuries in the same incident.

Detectives from Serious Crime Branch have charged the male with murder and two counts of attempted murder. He is expected to appear before Craigavon Magistrates Court on Friday, December 29.

The victim’s daughter posted an emotional message on her Facebook late on Christmas Day; a day she says she’ll never forget as her mother “died in my arms”.

Charlotte Reat said: “I just want to thank everyone for all the kind messages and posts. I’m not in the frame of mind to reply to anyone nor am I fit to be writing this status.

She spoke of her heartbreak at watching her mother die, adding: “Today will be a day I will never forget…I can still feel her in my arms and hear her screams of pain and see the panic on her face.”

“My mum died saving me.”

She added: “Jayne Toal Reat, you died saving my life and I just wish I could trade places with you. You’re my hero forever and always and i’ll never forget you and I promise I will get you justice!”

Read more: Daughter’s heartbreaking message following mum’s Christmas Day murder

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