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Ex-husband charged with Pauline Haveron murder

Pauline Haveron's body was found in a house in Huntingdale Green
Pauline Haveron's body was found in a house at Huntingdale Green

The ex-husband of a woman found dead in her home in Ballyclare has appeared in court charged with her murder.

The body of 53-year-old nurse Pauline Haveron was found in her home at Huntingdale Green almost a month ago. She had been strangled.

Joseph Alfred Haveron, 55, from Farm Lodge Grove in Greenisland, was charged at Belfast Magistrates Court on Tuesday with murdering his former wife.

An application for bail on Mr Haveron's behalf was turned down.

The court heard that the suspect took an overdose after learning that a murder investigation was under way.

Found in bath

He was refused bail amid allegations that a threat had been made to a friend of the victim.

It was also revealed that the body of the mother of four was found in a bath at her Huntingdale property on April 18.

Mr Haveron spoke only to confirm he understood the charge against him.

Standing in the dock at Belfast Magistrates Court, he replied in a soft voice "yes" when the alleged offence was put to him.

A detective inspector said he could connect him with the murder.

Opposing bail, the officer claimed there was a potential risk the accused may not turn up for trial.

He added: "When the defendant was informed by police a murder investigation had commenced he took an overdose.

'Witness interference'

"We would be concerned for his own safety now that he has been charged."

The detective also expressed concern about possible witness interference.

He said some statements in the case related to the defendant's children and members of a church he attended.

"Finally we would have concern with regards to the safety of an individual who was a friend of the deceased and we are aware of comments made by the defendant of a threatening nature to that individual," the officer said.

Defence lawyer Fergal McElhatton told the court Mr and Mrs Haveron married in 1979 and separated around 2002 when she began a new relationship.

He said there was no direct evidence linking his client to the crime.

Mr Haveron was originally detained last month and held for four days before being released.

Remanding him in custody, District Judge Fiona Bagnall said: "At this stage the issue about the threat to the further individual is the matter which would concern me most."

The accused will appear again by video-link next month, by which stage the final witness statement is expected to have been taken.

As he was being led away Haveron waved to some men in the public gallery.

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