MUM MUR­DER CHARGE DOC­TOR SUS­PENDED

AC­CUSED SON HAS LI­CENCE PUT ON HOLD

Belfast Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - BY CLAIRE WIL­LIAMSON

A DOC­TOR charged with mur­der­ing his mum in an al­leged at­tack at a house in south Belfast has had his med­i­cal li­cence sus­pended.

Mother-of-two Anne O’Neill (51) died af­ter the al­leged as­sault at a house in Fi­naghy on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 21.

Her son, De­clan O’Neill (27), of Malone Av­enue, has been re­manded in cus­tody charged with the mur­der.

The doc­tor, who de­nies the charge, had been work­ing as a locum at Belfast Trust hos­pi­tals.

He did not seek bail when charged.

The Belfast Tele­graph can re­veal he has now been “in­terim sus­pended” by the Gen­eral Med­i­cal Coun­cil (GMC).

A GMC spokes­woman said in a state­ment: “Dr O’Neill is in­terim sus­pended — he was sus­pended fol­low­ing a hear­ing of the In­terim Or­ders Tri­bunal (IOT) at the Med­i­cal Prac­ti­tion­ers Tri­bunal Ser­vice (MPTS) in Manch­ester on 10 Novem­ber 2017.

“An in­terim or­ders tri­bunal can sus­pend or re­strict a doc­tor’s prac­tice while an in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues, if it is nec­es­sary for the pro­tec­tion of the pub­lic, or oth­er­wise be in the pub­lic in­ter­est or in the in­ter­ests of the doc­tor.

“Our fit­ness to prac­tise in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues.

“Where there are crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings we would al­ways wait for these to con­clude be­fore com­plet­ing our own in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

The doc­tor was re­manded in cus­tody on Oc­to­ber 25 to ap­pear again via video-link later this month. At his mother’s funeral at St Anne’s Church in Fi­naghy the priest told mourn­ers “hearts are break­ing” for the fam­ily, in­clud­ing the vic­tim’s el­derly par­ents Claire and Ge­orge Burleigh.

Fr Fear­gal McGrady said: “It just seems too much.”

The for­mer district nurse was found in the back gar­den of her par­ents’ house.

Emer­gency crews tried des­per­ately to re­sus­ci­tate the mother- of-two, who re­tired due to a back in­jury, in the back gar­den of the small bun­ga­low in Ardmore Av­enue.

But they were un­able to save her and she died at the scene.

Anne O’Neill with son De­clan. Left, foren­sics of­fi­cers at

the mur­der scene

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