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Murder of Jennifer Dornan was 'wicked and obscene'

Maeve Connolly
07 August, 2015 12:06

THE murder of a mother-of-three was "wicked and obscene", mourners at the funeral of Jennifer Dornan have heard.

Fr Martin Graham said the 30-year-old was "the life and soul of any party" and the world was "poorer now that Jennifer has left it".

He told mourners at Christ the Redeemer Church in Lagmore in west Belfast that while Ms Dornan's family can take comfort in the "great acts of kindness and love" shown to them since her killing, "a broken heart will always bear the scar of loss".

Her three children, he added, would always have their mother in their hearts.

Ms Dornan was stabbed with a carving knife before her Lagmore home was set on fire in the early hours of Sunday morning. Ms Dornan had earlier enjoyed a night out with friends in the Devenish complex in Finaghy.

It is understood police have not yet established if Ms Dornan was still alive when the blaze was started in her Hazel View home in a bid to destroy evidence.

A 39-year-old man, arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of withholding information about the murder, was released last night pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.

Ms Dornan's sons Martin (eight) and Jayden (five) and daughter Abbey (three) are being comforted by their grandmother at her home in north Belfast.

Mourners had been asked not to send flowers but instead to send donations to a GoFundMe page set up to raise money for the three children that has to date raised £16,000.

Audio: Fr Martin Graham speaks to mourners at Jennifer Dornan's funeral

Fr Graham told the congregation in Christ the Redeemer Church to pray for the gift of peace

"What can any of us say on a day like this to Teresa and Stephen? What can we possibly do to help Martin and Jayden and Abi? What consolation can we give to Jennifer’s family and friends? What peace can be offered today? Over the past few days many have called, spoken quietly, offered you their support and their prayers and yet no human words can bring you the peace that you must now feel has been banished from your lives forever as you must now bid farewell to Jennifer – your mum, your daughter, your sister.

"Today, as we offer this Mass, we turn to Our Lord and we ask for strength and we ask for the gift of His peace. Peace firstly for Jennifer, that she may rest in the peace of Heaven but also peace for all who knew and loved her. We must pray for this peace to flood our hearts and remove the shock of Jennifer’s death, to help us cope with the bewilderment, the anger and the pain at another person’s cruelty. Whoever did this to Jennifer has turned her death, which was cold-hearted and callous already, into something that was wicked and obscene. A family home has been destroyed as her family’s hearts have been torn apart."

Ms Dornan was described as"a vibrant human being with a love of life and a joy and energy that attracted many friends" who enjoyed life to the full.

"Jennifer knew what she meant to a great many people and she enjoyed company. She was quick and razor sharp in mind and in tongue. She gave everyone plenty to laugh and smile about and she never had to try hard.

"Her nature, her personality was one that even with her own troubles and worries she could still smile and help others to do the same. This world is the poorer now that Jennifer has left it, and with her buoyant personality it will also be so much quieter."

07 August, 2015 12:06 Northern Ireland news

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