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Man charged with murder of woman stabbed to death at Limavady holiday site

Police forensics officers carried out a detailed examination at the scene of the murder of a 37-year-old woman at a glamping site near Limavady. Picture by Alan Lewis.
Jonathan McCambridge, PA

Police have charged a 53-year-old man with the murder of Kathleen “Katie” Brankin.

He is due to appear at Ballymena Magistrates Court tomorrow (15 July) via videolink.

The 37-year-old from the Newtownabbey area died was stabbed to death on Monday in a popular tourist area near Limavady.

Both Ms Brankin and the suspect were on holiday at an outdoor accommodation site on Seacoast Road at the time.

As is normal procedure, all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

Police have also renewed their appeal for anyone with information, or who witnessed any suspicious activity, to contact the investigation team.

Local representatives said the rural community had been left stunned by the death.

SDLP MLA Cara Hunter said: “I have spoken with local residents who have voiced their sympathies with the family, and it is really devastating because this is such a beautiful, welcoming area.

“We welcome thousands of visitors every year and something like this happening is unheard of. My thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends.”

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