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Jennifer Dornan murder: Suspect's extradition case adjourned

Jennifer Dornan was murdered at her home in Lagmore in west Belfast in August 2015

A MAN wanted in connection with the murder of mother-of-three Jennifer Dornan has had his extradition case adjourned at Dublin's High Court.

Raymond O'Neill (38) is facing charges of murder and arson over the death of Ms Dornan (30), who was found stabbed to death in her burning house in Hazel View in the Lagmore area of west Belfast in August 2015.

Mr O'Neill, with a previous address in Summerhill Walk, Dunmurry, was arrested in Dublin on February 3, 2016 on foot of a European Arrest Warrant.

He is also sought for prosecution for another unrelated matter.

His legal team told the court the 38-year-old could be subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment if he was extradited and held in Maghaberry prison in Co Antrim.

Mr O'Neill has claimed he is vulnerable due to a medical condition and there are threats to his life.

Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly had sought further information from the British authorities about the conditions in which Mr O'Neill would be held should he be surrendered.

In November she said she was not satisfied that a 2017 report on the prison sufficiently addressed her concerns.

And yesterday she said she would need to consider the matter further.

Mr O'Neill was remanded in custody until January 22 when the case will be mentioned again.

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