Died April 2012 and August 2007.

Michelle Bickerstaff (47) died in April 2012. Margaret Weise (50) died in August 2007, both in Dromore, County Down, Northern Ireland.

Leslie Ross (66) appeared in court in August 2013 charged with two counts of murder. Both women had had relationships with Ross.

Ross has also been questioned over a third death. Detectives have prepared a file for the Northern Ireland Public Prosecution Service in relation to the death of Elizabeth McKee (52) in December 2002.

He was reportedly also charged with indecent assault, gross indecency with a child and indecently assaulting a female child. He denies all charges.

Ms Bickerstaff’s sister Sharon Sparks has sent a message of sympathy to Ms Weise’s son., Paul Herron. he said “I received a message from Michelle Bickerstaff’s sister wanting to know if we wanted to talk,” adding “I will return her message and see what way things are with her family. I’m sure we can work on things together. Everyone is going through the same kind of pain.”

Mr Herron pleaded for local people to give police any information they have which might lead to answers about his mother’s death. He said “Any information you give could be a piece of the jigsaw. I am sure there are people who know more than they are letting on.”

A relative of Ms Bickerstaff’s described her as “a very, very kind person, a lovely girl”.

Jenny Dickson, daughter of Elizabeth McKee, said she is waiting for information from police and was too upset to add any further comment.

Police have appealed for anyone with information that could help the investigation to come forward. The PSNI can be contacted on 0044 28 38315339, and Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111.

Note: This short report was drawn from a report in The Journal and Newsletter of Northern Ireland.

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