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Family of Jennifer Dornan frustrated at extradition delays as they prepare to mark her birthday

Jennifer Dornan, murdered last August would have celebrated her 31st birthday on Sunday

THE family of popular west Belfast woman murdered last August have said they are increasingly frustrated by the length of time it is taking to extradite the only suspect in the case from the Republic.

Mother-of-three Jennifer Dornan was stabbed and her house, in the Lagmore development in Dunmurry, set on fire in what police believe was an attempt to destroy evidence.

The only suspect in the case, west Belfast man Raymond O'Neill, was arrested a short time later in Bundoran Co Donegal, linked to an outstanding arrest warrant.

O'Neill was on the run from prison in the Republic at the time of the killing. He was arrested in early February in connection with the murder and remanded in custody in Dublin on foot of a European arrest warrant. However the 37-year-old is appealing the extradition.

The family of Ms Dornan, who would have celebrated her 31st birthday tomorrow, have said the slow pace of the extradition process is adding to their distress.

A spokesperson for the family said: "Jennifer should be here with us celebrating her birthday with her children and family members who miss her every day.

"We have always said all we want is a fair trial and for justice to be served. While we are aware that every effort is being made to make sure that happens, the delays are frustrating and distressing to the family", the spokesman added.

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