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Man must serve 17 years for Christmas Day murder

There were emotional scenes in court as a Lisburn man was told he must serve at least 17 years in jail for the murder of a mother on Christmas Day.

Jayne Toal Reat, who was 43, died in her daughter's arms after being stabbed in a frenzied attack on 25 December 2017.

At Craigavon Crown Court on Friday morning her killer, 20-year-old Nathan Ward from Mornington Lane, was told he would not be released before 2034.

The judge told Ward that he had robbed Jayne's daughter of her “life and prospects”.

Outside court, police described Ward as “a dangerous man who has shown no remorse for his actions”.

Det Ch Insp Peter McKenna said: “No daughter should ever have to go through such a traumatic and heartbreaking ordeal.

“Jayne was a psychiatric nurse and she dedicated her life to helping others, yet she was murdered in cold blood in her own home by Nathan Ward, who she had welcomed to that home.

“Nathan has robbed her of the joy of seeing her daughter Charlotte grow into a young woman, and his callous actions have also denied Charlotte the love, guidance and friendship of her mother.”