Kathleen Brankin named as woman killed in Limavady stabbing

The 37-year-old woman killed at an outdoor accommodation site in Limavady on Monday was from the Newtownabbey area.

Police confirmed this morning (Wednesday) that she was called Kathleen ‘Katie’ Brankin. She had been holidaying in the area.

Detectives are continuing to question a 53-year-old man on suspicion of her murder.

News of the tragedy emerged yesterday morning with police saying they received a report just after 8.20pm that a woman had been stabbed at Seacoast Road.

Police at the scene on Seacoast Road near Limavady. Picture Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell said: “Officers attended, along with colleagues from Northern Ireland Ambulance Service but, sadly, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

“While our enquires are at an early stage, I can confirm that both the victim, and the man who was arrested were holidaymakers, and that we are not looking for anyone else in relation to this tragic death.”

Anyone with information, or who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area around that time of the murder is urged to contact the investigation team on 101 quoting reference number 2211 of 12/07/21.

Information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous.

A 53-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering Kathleen Brankin who was stabbed to death at an outdoor accommodation site in Limavady. Picture: Arthur Allison/ Pacemaker.