DETECTIVES from the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch have today (Thursday) charged a teenager with murdering a mother in her home on Christmas Day.
Nurse Jayne Toal Reat sustained a number of fatal stab wounds during the attack in her home at Mornington Lane in Lisburn, Co Antrim on December 25.
In a statement, the PSNI say: “Detectives from Serious Crime Branch have charged a 19 year old male with murder and two counts of attempted murder.
“He is expected to appear before Craigavon Magistrates Court tomorrow, Friday 29 December. ‘’
During the attack Ms Reat’s daughter Charlotte Reat sustained a number of knife wounds to her head and neck. A third person, a male, was also stabbed.
Following the attack her 21-year-old Charlotte Reat described her mum as her “hero’’ for saving her life.
Charlotte posted on Facebook: “I just want to thank everyone for all the kind messages and posts.
“I’m not in the frame of mind to reply to anyone nor am i fit to be writing this status.
“Today will be a day i will never forget as my mum was murdered infront of my eyes and then later died in my arms. i can still feel her in my arms and hear her screams of pain and see the panic on her face.
“My mum died saving me, i was stabbed twice in the head once in my face and once to the back of my neck.
“I am with family and have to identify my beautiful mothers body tomorrow which is not something i ever expected to be doing.
“Jayne Toal Reat you died saving my life and i just wish i could trade places with you.
“You’re my hero forever and always and ill never forget you and i promise i will get you justice! that scum wont get away with this if its the last thing i do!
“I LOVE YOU MY BEAUTIFUL MUMMY FOREVER AND ALWAYS 25/12/2017.’’