Karen McClean Biography Karen McClean Wiki
- Ken Flanagan is believed to have killed Karen McClean and his girlfriend Stacey Knell
- Flanagan later committed suicide in Newtownabbey, a large city north of Belfast.
- Investigators say the murders are related and are not looking for anyone
- It is among reports that Flanagan’s “out of control” behavior has drawn the attention of police.
A man who stabbed his mother and his girlfriend before committing suicide in what appears to be a suicide was named on the spot.
Ken Flanagan is said to have stabbed his mother Karen McClean and his fiancée Stacey Knell, 30, at various properties in Newtownabbey, a large city north of Belfast.
The two women stabbed to death in Newtownabbey have been named locally as Karen McClean and Stacey Knell.
They were the mother and girlfriend of Ken Flanagan who’s understood to have committed suicide after taking their lives. pic.twitter.com/DfrqSy1irQ
— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) March 21, 2021
Ms. Knell’s former partner and father of her nine-year-old daughter Sam Lillie says they warned police about the runaway behavior of Flanagan, a drug addict just hours before the killings.
Mr. Lillie said that “the red flags went up” when he saw Flanagan with his daughter because he “did not want a man with his reputation to be around my daughter.” He did not provide further details.
Police were called to report a stab wound in an apartment around 11 p.m. Friday in which a woman, believed to be Ms. McClean, was pronounced dead.
Neighbors said they heard that she was dying, that I was dying, he was my son when she was killed, The Irish Independent reports.
While searching for a second property, they found another dead woman, presumably Ms. Knell, and an unconscious Flanagan who died shortly thereafter despite attempts to revive him.
Investigators investigating the double homicide say they are connected and are not looking for anyone in connection with the deaths.
Mr. Lillie told Sunday World that his “instinct” was for him to call Flanagan Social Services because he knew something was wrong.
Then social services advised him to contact the police.
She said: “The reason the alarm bell started ringing was because I saw Ken with Stacey, my daughter, on Wednesday and then the red flags went up. I don’t want a man with his reputation alongside my daughter.
Police confirmed receipt of a report, but said there was no evidence that the boy was in danger.
Flanagan was reportedly recently arrested and reestablished a relationship with Ms. Knell after her release. He has been described as “out of control” by people close to her family.
John Caldwell Confirmed ?
Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell confirmed that shortly before 11 p.m. Friday, police had received a report of a stab wound in a residential area.
Police and ambulance services were called to the scene where a woman was found dead.
“When agents were investigating, they visited a residential property on Glenville Road,” added DCI Caldwell.
“An unconscious man was found on the property. Despite first aid, the man was pronounced dead.
Another deceased woman was found during the property search. Although we have opened a murder investigation, we are not looking for anyone in connection with these incidents, which we believe are related.
No further details were immediately available.
Sinn Fein MP John Finucane said the community was in shock after the double homicide.
The MP from North Belfast said: “My first thoughts are with the family and friends of the women who were brutally murdered last night.
“It is important to remember that grieving families are at the center of this tragedy.
“The local community is completely shocked and shocked by these murders.
“These brutal killings reaffirm the need to oppose all violence against women and the need for a strategy to combat violence against women and girls in the north.
Glengormley SDLP consultant Noreen McClelland tweeted: “Terrible news from Newtownabbey this morning. Totally shocked and desperate to hear. Reflections with families.