Teenager appears in court charged with murder on Christmas Day.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Teenager appears in court charged with murder on Christmas Day. thumbnail Jayne Reat (nee Toal) died on Christmas Day in the arms of her daughter after a ‘horrific attack’ at her home.

THE funeral of a Banbridge woman who was killed on Christmas morning, will take place this Thursday (4 January) in the town she grew up in.

Jayne Reat (nee Toal) died in her only daughter's arms in the early hours of Christmas morning. It is understood she had been stabbed.

Her funeral will take place on Thurday at 1pm in St Patrick's Church in Dromore Street, Banbridge.

Those attending have been asked by the mum of one's family to wear "suitable attire with something small in powder blue or baby pink as these were Jayne's favourite colours".

The funeral will be followed by a private cremation.

A funeral notice said she would be "remembered and loved always by the entire family circle".

Jayne had been celebrating Christmas Eve with her daughter in their Mornington Lane home in Lisburn just hours before a horrific attack in which it is believed they were stabbed, alongside Jayne's boyfriend, Joseph Tweedie.

Nathan Ward, who is understood to be Mr Tweedie's son, has been remanded in custody charged with Jayne's murder and the attempted murder of Charlotte and his own father.

The teenager appeared in the dock of Craigavon Magistrates' Court last week, where he faced the three charges.

His address was also given as Mornington Lane.

No details surrounding what took place at the home in the early hours of Christmas Eve have been made public, but Charlotte said in a Facebook post that her mum died saving her life.

"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 (Monday, 25 December) will be a day I will never forget as my mum was murdered in front 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.

"Jayne Toal Reat you died saving my life and I just wish I could trade places with you." Jayne had lived in Comber but had grown up in Banbridge and her brother, Peter Toal posted a heartfelt message online thanking all those who had contacted him with "support and kind words" following his sister's death.

"All I can say is what a wonderful person she was, not only beautiful on the outside but even more so on the inside.

"She really did have a heart of gold, she was a wonderful nurse, mother, sister and friend who followed in her mum's footsteps helping and caring for others the best she could." He said his sister had made the "ultimate sacrifice" in her death.

"Anybody that knows them both will know the bond that they have - "like two sisters" is all I used to hear.

"She will get the send off that she so rightly deserves.

Rest in peace my wee beautiful wee sister, Jayne you are now with mum." In another heartfelt tribute on Saturday (30 December), Charlotte posted the last picture with her mum, that was taken just hours before she died.

"My beautiful mummy on Christmas Eve before we cuddled up on the sofa for the last time. Just before she gave me her last kiss, her last hug and before she told me she loved me for the very last time.

"My mummy has been taken from me, her life was taken from her far too soon in the most cruel way." Charlotte and her father, Simon Reat attended the court appearance last Friday (29 December) when Nathan Ward appeared in the dock at Craigavon Courthouse.

Her injuries were visible as she left the court and she made an emotional outburst as Ward was led back down to the cells after being charged with murder and two counts of attempted murder.

Ward, who is 19, was remanded in custody and will appear back in court next week.



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