Northern Ireland

East Belfast woman's death treated as suspicious

Deborah Hunter Image copyright PSNI
Image caption This photograph of Deborah Hunter was taken shortly after she reported she had been assaulted

Police are treating the death of a mother-of-five in east Belfast as suspicious.

Deborah Hunter, 50, was found dead in her home at Finmore Court, off the Newtownards Road, on 6 November.

She had previously complained to police that she had been assaulted.

Detectives have appealed for anyone who spoke to Mrs Hunter between 7 October and 6 November to contact them.

Det Ch Insp Alan Dickson said: "Deborah Hunter was well-known in the lower Newtownards Road area, and we are issuing a photo of her which was taken shortly after she had complained to police that she'd been assaulted by a number of people.

"In order for police to be able to determine whether or not her death was suspicious, we need to speak to anyone who saw Deborah or spoke to her between 7 October and 6 November when she was found dead in her home.

"I am asking anyone who can provide information to contact detectives at Ladas Drive on the non-emergency 101 number."