Found dead 5th June 2014

Margaret Evans (69), known as Margo, was found dead at her home in Knockancor Drive, Portstewart in Northern Ireland on Wednesday 5th June 2014. She had been beaten.

In October 2014 Alun Kinny Evans (32), her son, appeared in court charged with her murder. He was also charged with possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

Margaret Evans was was a well-known businesswoman and had run a hair salon. She continued to work on a part-time basis following retirement in January. She was married to John Evans.

The alleged killer was released on bail provided he lives at a secure mental health facility and abides by a mental health order.

Detective Sergeant McLaughlin told the court he believed he could connect Evans to the murder and drug offences. He said Evans was arrested after the murder, but that he was deemed unfit for interview. Evans, who lived at home with his mother, was transferred to Holywell Hospital and then to the secure Shannon Clinic of Knockbracken Health Care Park in South Belfast. DS McLaughlin confirmed that a mental health order would remain in place until 5th December.

Detective Chief Inspector Una Jennings said, after Ms Evans’ death “A post mortem is due to take place to determine the cause of death. Mrs Evans’ husband has suffered a terrible loss, but is being supported by his family circle as well as a PSNI family liaison officer. I would like to appeal to anyone in the community who saw, spoke to or met with any member of the Evans family in recent days, or anyone with any information, to contact Coleraine police station or the major inquiry team at Maydown on the non-emergency number 101.”

Local assembly member Claire Sugden said: “It’s a very sad day for Portstewart. Madame Margo, as she was known in the town, was an institution here – until her retirement she ran a very successful business, which indeed still bears her name. Through that, she made many friends and became very popular”

Alliance Party councillor Barney Fitzpatrick said it was “a tragic set of circumstances” adding “They are a much-respected family in the Portstewart area, and obviously the community are completely shocked in relation to this death”.

Note: This report was drawn from reports in the Belfast Newsletter, the Irish Independent and BBC.

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