Police have launched a murder investigation after a pregnant woman was stabbed to death at her Armagh home. Natalie McNally died in Largan on Sunday in what police described as a “double tragedy”.
DCI John Caldwell confirmed Wednesday that McNally was 15 weeks pregnant. He said the 32-year-old man died after being stabbed multiple times and sustaining defensive injuries.
“She was murdered at her home in the Silverwood Green neighborhood of town, evidence shows she was murdered on the evening of Sunday, December 18,” he said.
“The officer was called to the facility along with a colleague from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service. Sadly, Natalie was pronounced dead at the scene. It should be added that Natalie was in fact 15 weeks pregnant. It’s tragic.
“This deadly attack in her home therefore resulted in a double tragedy: the death of the future mother and the death of her unborn child.”
A man was arrested on suspicion of murder and released on bail pending further investigation.
Caldwell described McNally as “very much loved by her devoted parents and family.”
“At this point, my thoughts are with them,” he said. “Her death devastated her family and friends and shocked her community. What should have been a happy time leading up to Christmas turned into unimaginable grief and heartache.
“Anyone with information about this murder please come forward. , to appeal to drivers who may have captured this run with an on-board camera.
“Contact detectives on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Social Democratic Labor MP Seamas de Faot paid tribute to McNally on Twitter. “The last time I chatted with Natalie, she was on her way home from Belfast Pride to be with her parents. After a great day, she was so happy and buzzing,” he wrote. .
“I can’t believe this happened. I’m in disbelief.”
Democratic Unionist Rep. Carla Lockhart tweeted: Two of her lives lost in the most horrific circumstances. Please continue to pray as this family deals with all that is unfolding. If you have any information, please contact the police or confidential hotline. ”
Caldwell said there would be a greater police presence in the area, adding: “We appreciate the continued support of the public.”