Elliott hails new hope in murder of Tyrone nurse

Tom Elliott MP

Tom Elliott MP

A DNA breakthrough by police investigating the murder of a Co Tyrone woman in England 40 years ago will be a warning to other serious offenders, Tom Elliott has said.

The Fermanagh & South Tyrone MP said the development was “great news” for the family of Fintona woman Susan Donoghue.

Ms Donoghue was working as a nurse in Bristol when she was sexually assaulted and bludgeoned to death at her flat in August 1976. Despite an extensive murder inquiry, her killer was never identified.

A spokeswoman for Avon and Somerset Police said: “The technology used in DNA forensics has come a long way since Susan was murdered and we now have a full DNA profile of the man who sexually abused and murdered her.”

Mr Elliott, who lives close to Fintona, said: “For anyone who has committed a dastardly act in the past, maybe this will be a warning to them that they might be caught up with.”