Murder probe police granted extra 36 hours to quiz Co. Derry man

Police investigating the murder of a woman in Knockloughrim on Tuesday have been granted a further extension of 36 hours to question a 59-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder.

Thursday, 14th October 2021, 2:44 pm
The incident occurred in south Derry.

The man was arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman in her 50s retrieved from a burning car in Co. Derry died in hospital.

The 59-year-old suspect was also being treated for burn injuries.

Detectives from the PSNI's Major Investigation Team launched a murder investigation following the death of a woman following the fire at an address on the Quarry Road area of Knockloughrim early on Tuesday, October 12.

Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell said: “At around 5.40am this morning police received a report of a car on fire outside a house on the road. Police and NIFRS attended the scene and a woman, aged in her 50s, who was in the car was taken to hospital for treatment. Sadly, despite the best efforts of hospital staff, she succumbed to her injuries and died in hospital this evening.

“A 59 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He has also been taken to hospital for treatment for burn injuries.

“My investigation is at a very early stage and I would appeal to anyone who was on the Quarry Road early this morning and who witnessed anything to contact Detectives on 101 quoting reference 227 12/10/21.”