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Special plans being made to remember Mairead McCallion

Mairead McCallion.

A SPECIAL trust is among the plans being considered to remember Omagh woman, Mairead McCallion.

The 36 year-old died nearly four years ago from a trauma sustained by an impact to her head as she was being removed from a house at Castleview, Killyclogher, by her partner at the time, Noel Knox.

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He died last week and now the family of Mairead McCallion say they want to do something to help other women who are the victims of domestic abuse.

Her sister, Patricia O’Brien, said that the whole issue was something which they felt very strongly about.

“There are vulnerable women who are being preyed upon and we want to do something to help provide them with more support during what can be a very difficult time,” she said.

“What we are thinking about is establishing a Trust or other organisation that would raise awareness even more about domestic abuse and give women more confidence and support to speak out.

“It is something that we feel would be extremely worthwhile.

“The experience of Mairead who suffered violent abuse when she was in a relationship with Noel Knox is something that we want to do everything possible to prevent in the future.

“Our aim would be to carry out some form of fundraising or other activities for a chosen charity that helps women who are suffering from domestic abuse or set up a Trust in Mairead’s memory that would be dedicated to this cause.”

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An inquest earlier this year into the death of Mairead McCallion heard how Knox had admitted that he had put two hands on her and moved her out of his house.

The coroner, Patrick McGurgan, said that some of the 36 year-old’s hair had been pulled out by the roots and that she died the following day from a bleed on the brain.

Last week her family described the death of Noel Knox as ‘bitter-sweet’ and said that they now hoped to be finally able to grieve properly for Mairead

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