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Partner of Irish woman charged with her murder

THE boyfriend of an Irish-born accountant has been charged with her murder just metres from Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in north London.

Leeann Foley (32), who moved to London from her native Cork when she was just a child, died almost instantly when she was blasted at point-blank range with a shotgun last Saturday morning.

The shooting occurred at Loraine Road in Holloway in north London. Police were immediately alerted to the shooting at 9.30am and raced to the property where Ms Foley lived with her long-time boyfriend, Richard Conroy (38).


A local doctor was alerted and he attended the scene with paramedics who desperately battled to stabilise the young woman's condition. She was pronounced dead before she could be rushed to hospital.

She had sustained multiple blast-type injuries to her torso.

The scene was immediately sealed off to allow for a full technical and forensic examination by Metropolitan Police officers.

The man found in the flat was arrested at the scene and taken to a nearby police station for questioning over the weekend.

He appeared at Highbury Magistrates Court yesterday, and was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey tomorrow.

Police confirmed that a firearm was recovered.

Locals in both Cork and London expressed horror at the killing of a woman described as "kind and extremely generous".

Cork neighbours recalled the Foley family but had few memories of Leeann due to the length of time she spent in London.

However, it is understood she did make several visits back to Leeside, on one of which she is believed to have been accompanied by her boyfriend.