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Man charged with Katrina Rainey murder

The funeral of Katrina Rainey is due to take place today

A man has been charged with the murder of Co Derry woman Katrina Rainey.

Ms Rainey, a former midwife and mother-of-six aged in her fifties, died from horrific burns outside the farmhouse in Knockloughrim where she lived with her family. She was found inside a burning parked car on Tuesday morning.

Police yesterday said that detectives from the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team have charged a 59-year-old man who they had been questioning.

He is expected to appear before Dungannon Magistrates Court via videolink today.

Tributes had been paid to Ms Rainey, who more recently worked in Poundland in Magherafelt, ahead of her funeral today.

Friends writing on social media described her as a “ lovely person”.

“Katrina was an absolute lady, such a caring, gentle soul and a wonderful mother and midwife,” one said.

“She always had time to talk, smile and have a wee laugh, ask about her former collegues and always spoke with such pride about her children.”

Another tribute said: “Such a loss to the community, a lovely person in and out. Thinking of all the children at this very sad tragic time.”

A private service of thanksgiving is due to take place today in Knockloughrim Presbyterian Church followed by committal at 2.45pm.

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