Anne O’Neill: Shock as Irish mum’s son is charged with her chilling murder
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Anne O’Neill: Shock as Irish mum’s son is charged with her chilling murder

THE son of an Irish mum-of-two who was found dead at the weekend has appeared in court charged with her murder.

Anne O’Neill, 51, was found fatally injured in the back garden of her parents’ home on Ardmore Avenue in Finaghy, Belfast on Saturday morning.

A neighbour reported hearing a woman’s scream followed by a man shouting “I’m going to find you” at the time of the incident.

Another local resident said they heard Mrs O’Neill shouting “Help me, help me,” before the discovery of her body.

The mum-of-two was pronounced dead at the scene. Her parents were in the house at the time of the incident.

Declan Kevin O’Neill, 27, appeared before Belfast Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday charged with murdering his mother.

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Mr O’Neill, who works as a doctor in Belfast, denies the charge. No application for bail was made.

He spoke only once to confirm he understood the charge lodged against him.

His appearance in court comes after a 23-year-old man, arrested at the weekend, was release on police bail on Monday pending further inquiries.

Judge Fiona Bagnall remanded Mr O'Neill in custody to appear again via video-link in late November.