Northern Ireland

Five arrested over east Belfast woman's death are freed

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

Five people arrested on suspicion of murdering a mother of five in east Belfast have been released.

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

Just over a week later, detectives said her death was being treated as suspicious, as she had complained to police that she had been assaulted.

Police arrested three men, aged 52, 46 and 33, and two women, aged 44 and 46, in east Belfast on Thursday.

They were later released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.

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Media captionDeborah Hunter was found dead in her home at Finmore Court, off the Newtownards Road

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

They issued a photograph of her that was taken shortly after she had complained to police that she had been assaulted by a number of people.

DCI Alan Dickson said on Thursday that police were now treating her death as murder.

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