Suspected murder case in Fermanagh

Man and woman die in apparent murder-suicide in Co Fermanagh

Suspected murder case in Fermanagh

Police have named a man and woman who died in an apparent-murder suicide in Co Fermanagh during which the woman's son was also injured. He is in a stable condition in hospital.

Police believe Concepta was killed by her former partner Peadar Phair, who it is understood then took his own life, in her own home near Maguiresbridge.

Detectives remained at the scene on Abbey Road where the incident occurred yesterday.

Detectives are not looking for anybody else in connection with the incident.

The detective chief inspector Corrigan said: 'Post-mortem examinations will be carried out in due course and at this stage we are working to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Richie McPhilips is a former SDLP MLA for Fermanagh South Tyrone.

"She and her father were well known in terms of traditional Irish music, her father is Dinny [Leonard], whose a very well-known gentleman, who's given a lot of years to the promotion and tuition of traditional Irish music".

As news of Ms Leonard's death became public, social media tributes poured in to a woman described as "smart, amusing and caring".

Women who need support can contact the Women's Aid 24-hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline on 0808 802 1414, Fermanagh Women's Aid on 02866328898, or the PSNI on 999.

"Everywhere Concepta was Conor was and vice-versa, she would have done anything for him. The enormity of this, the terrible reality of domestic violence, is still not talked about enough".

"It highlights that for hundreds and thousands of women home can be a unsafe place; the perpetrator knows you, and he knows where you live". You don't know what goes on behind people's doors.

"This case is tragic and horrific, it will shock and scare people". "She was a smart, amusing caring woman".

She added: "Something is very wrong with our so-called modern society when men still feel women are their property to do with as they please". "A victim of domestic violence".

'Although our enquiries are at an early stage, we are treating the death of the woman as murder'.

"How do we help our family and friends - our neighbours to stay safe? How do we stop more women being added to the list".

"I knew Connie very well, she was an active member of the parish, a great musician, an all-Ireland champion and she shared her talents in church services", he said.

Sports clubs and music groups throughout Co Fermanagh also paid tribute to the popular local woman.

"She was a devoted musician, teacher and of course Mother to her fantastic son Conor, who we are all thinking about at this time".

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