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Obit: Tragic murder-suicide

Thompson 16 May 17 - 07:44 AM
Mrrzy 16 May 17 - 07:55 AM
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Subject: Obit: Tragic murder-suicide
From: Thompson
Date: 16 May 17 - 07:44 AM

Tragedy in Fermanagh, where, to quote the Irish Inependent, Concepta Leonard was killed as part of a apparent murder-suicide.
Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of a 51-year-old woman and 55-year-old man at a house in Abbey Road on the edge of Maguiresbridge in Co Fermanagh.
At this stage detectives have confirmed they are not looking for anyone in relation to the incident.
Concepta Leonard was a former businesswoman and daughter of traditional Irish musician Dinny Leonard.
It is understood that a third victim, believed to be Concepta's 30-year-old son Conor, was taken by ambulance to the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen.
The man whose body was found in the house has been named locally as Peadar Phair.
A detective is quoted as saying "[Concepta] had a son with Downs Syndrome, and when you saw Concepta you saw him.
"He also was involved in traditional music.
"Concepta's father has been involved in the promotion of traditional Irish music for many, many years - he teaches classes all over the community and has given his talent to young people."

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Subject: RE: Obit: Tragic murder-suicide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 16 May 17 - 07:55 AM

That is awful. In 100 years there will be a ballad, and it will be sad.

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Subject: RE: Obit: Tragic murder-suicide
From: Thompson
Date: 16 May 17 - 12:23 PM

The killer, Peadar Phair, what whom she briefly lived and against whom she was taking out legal protection, sounds like a horrible man. According to the
Irish Mirror:

A former colleague said: "He was a bad b*****d, a lunatic. They were only going out for about a year.

"She must have realised what he was like and dumped him to get away from him. They split up around Christmas.

"He had a history of it. Everyone knew what he was like. He was a coward. He would've tried to bully the boys in work.

"He was a know-it-all but he was a coward behind it all.

"We used to call him the wife beater. He did time in jail for that."

"He left a woman in a really bad way a few years ago and I remember him being sentenced to about six months."

Brave Conor [Concepta's son, who has Down's Syndrome and is a well-known bodhran player locally] was able to raise the alarm and call for help after Phair turned up uninvited to the family home at Maguiresbridge.

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