Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Murder Investigation Launched After Woman's Body Found In Fermanagh

Murder Investigation Launched After Woman's Body Found In Fermanagh

Investigations are ongoing and police have said that they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the deaths.

Her only son Conor (30) who has Down syndrome, was injured in the attack.

Police believe Concepta was killed by her former partner Peadar Phair, who it is understood then took his own life, in her own home near Maguiresbridge.

It is believed Phair, who cleaned gutters and driveways in Co Fermanagh, had been told not to contact his Ms Leonard, his former girlfriend, several times but continue to anyway.

"She was a devoted musician, teacher and of course Mother to her incredible son Conor, who we are all thinking about at this time".

"I knew Connie very well, she was an active member of the parish, a great musician, an all-Ireland champion and she shared her talents in church services", he said.

Ms Leonard had a Non Molestation Order in place after previous incidents of violence and threats from Phair.

SDLP councillor Richie McPhillips said he knows the families of both Ms Leonard and Phair.

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"I've known the Leonard family for years, they're a very well known family in the area and they are very involved in music".

Her father Dinny is synonymous with traditional music and the tuition of music, teaching young people to play the fiddle, banjo and the whistle.

"We will always remember Connie with great fondness for her affection, dedication and energetic outlook shown in all areas of her life; as an awesome mother, daughter, sister, music teacher and friend".

Neighbours said they were shocked by what had happened. It's certainly something we're not used to in this part of the world, it's a peaceful, quiet area.

FERMANAGH Women's Aid (FWA) have issued a heart-wrenching appeal for more to be done to tackle domestic violence following the tragic death of Concepta Leonard on Monday.

"But it's a tight-knit community here and they're rallying around the family and they'll help them pull through it and help them to face the future with faith and courage".

PSNI detective chief inspector Eamon Corrigan said: "Postmortem examinations will be carried out in due course and at this stage we are working to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident".

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

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