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Friends pay tribute to hero mother who died saving child

Jayne Toal Reat was stabbed to death in her home in Co Antrim on Christmas Day
Her daughter Charlott..

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  • Jayne Toal Reat was stabbed to death in her home in Co Antrim on Christmas Day
  • Her daughter Charlotte Reat, 21, confirmed her mother died in her arms
  • Ms Reat was also stabbed, receiving wounds to the neck, face and the head
  • A 19-year-old man has been arrested by the police on suspicion of murder

By Katie French and Darren Boyle for MailOnline

Published: 04:01 EST, 28 December 2017 | Updated: 08:46 EST, 28 December 2017

Charlotte Reat, right, said her mother Jayne Toal Reat, left, was a hero by facing the knifeman

Ms Reat, pictured with her mother, said she also suffered several stab wounds in the attack

Heartbroken friends have paid tribute to a hero mother who died saving her daughter's life by shielding her from an attack a house party as a man has been charged with her murder.

Dancer Charlotte Reat, 21, said her mother Jayne, 43, was stabbed repeatedly as she tried to protect her when she was stabbed in the head at a property in Lisburn, Belfast on Christmas Day.

Shortly after 6am on Christmas morning, police officers and ambulance crews were called to the scene.

When ambulance crews arrived, police were already trying to perform emergency CPR but she could not be saved.

This afternoon a police spokesman said: 'Detectives from Serious Crime Branch have charged a 19 year old male with murder and two counts of attempted murder.

He is expected to appear before Craigavon Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

Recalling the horrific moment her mother died right in front of her eyes, Charlotte revealed in a Facebook post: 'I just want to thank everyone for all the kind messages and posts.

'I'm not in the frame of mind to reply to anyone nor am I fit to be writing this status.

'Today will be a day I will never forget as my mum was murdered in front of my eyes and then later died in my arms. I can still feel her in my arms and hear her screams of pain and see the panic on her face.

'My mum died saving me, I was stabbed twice in the head once in my face and once to the back of my neck. I am with family and have to identify my beautiful mother's body tomorrow which is not something I ever expected to be doing.'

'You were her world and always will be': Hundreds have left supportive messages to daughter Charlotte Reat, 21, pictured above, who faces life without her mother 'You were her world and always will be': Hundreds have left supportive messages to daughter Charlotte Reat, 21, pictured above, who faces life without her mother 

'You were her world and always will be': Hundreds have left supportive messages to daughter Charlotte Reat, 21, pictured above, who faces life without her mother

Close bond: A friend left a heartbreaking message after describing how he woke up to the call on Christmas Day that Jayne Reat had been killedClose bond: A friend left a heartbreaking message after describing how he woke up to the call on Christmas Day that Jayne Reat had been killed

Close bond: A friend left a heartbreaking message after describing how he woke up to the call on Christmas Day that Jayne Reat had been killed

Grieving: Miss Reat said her mother died saving her life and she would trade places with her if she couldGrieving: Miss Reat said her mother died saving her life and she would trade places with her if she couldDevastated: Dancer Charlotte Reat, 21, was also stabbed in the frenzied attack at a house party in Lisburn, BelfastDevastated: Dancer Charlotte Reat, 21, was also stabbed in the frenzied attack at a house party in Lisburn, Belfast

Devastated: Dancer Charlotte Reat, 21, was also stabbed in the frenzied attack at a house party in Lisburn, Belfast

Emotional: Miss Reat described the horrifying moment her mother died in her arms in a viral Facebook post and swore she would fight for justice on her behalfEmotional: Miss Reat described the horrifying moment her mother died in her arms in a viral Facebook post and swore she would fight for justice on her behalf

Emotional: Miss Reat described the horrifying moment her mother died in her arms in a viral Facebook post and swore she would fight for justice on her behalf

Grieving: Miss Reat said her mother died saving her life and she would trade places with her if she couldGrieving: Miss Reat said her mother died saving her life and she would trade places with her if she could

Grieving: Miss Reat said her mother died saving her life and she would trade places with her if she could

Tagging her mother in the post, she added: 'Jayne Toal Reat, you died saving my life and I just wish I could trade places with you.

'You're my hero forever and always and I'll never forget you. I promise I will get you justice!

'That scum won't get away with this if it is the last thing I do! I LOVE YOU MY BEAUTIFUL MUMMY FOREVER AND ALWAYS.'

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder by the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Detective Inspector John Caldwell of the PSNI's serious crime branch said: 'Detectives have launched a murder investigation following the death of a woman at a house in the Lisburn area.'

Friends and family have been paying tribute to the late mother in heartfelt messages on Facebook.

Brother Peter Toal described her as a 'wonderful person' who was beautiful on the outside and inside.

He wrote: 'It’s with a heavy heart that I write this ,firstly thanks to all the people that have messaged me and phoned with support and kind words on the passing of my sister Jayne Toal Reat it means a lot to us all.

'She was not only beautiful on the outside but even more on the inside she really did have a heart of gold she was a wonderful nurse, mother, sister and friend who followed in her mums footsteps helping and caring for others the best she could.

'She didn’t get it easy most of the time but one thing she did get right was in the upbringing and her relationship with her daughter Charlotte which she proved by making the ultimate sacrifice in the death of herself defending her,anybody that knows them both will know the bond that they have like 2 sisters.

'Charlotte has now been left without her mum and best friend,rest in peace my wee beautiful sister, Jane you are now with our mum xx.'

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of Ms Toal Reat's murder on Christmas DayA 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of Ms Toal Reat's murder on Christmas Day

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of Ms Toal Reat's murder on Christmas Day

The emotionally-torn young woman said she can still see the panic on her mother's face, and hear her screams of pain

Neighbour Patrick Byrne, 37, told the Belfast Telegraph that he woke up to emergency services on his street on Christmas Day.

He told the newspaper he saw Charlotte and Jayne's injured partner Joe leave the house as well as the arrest of the suspect.

Mr Byrne said: 'You don't expect to wake up to a murder scene on Christmas Day,' he said.

'It was about 6.30am and there were police, ambulances and forensics everywhere and a forensic tent.

'It was like being in an episode of Eastenders.'

He described their street as a 'quiet area full of families', said that the police cordon had remained in place until around 9pm on Christmas Day.

Miss Reat's heart-wrenching Facebook post has been shared almost 3,500 timesMiss Reat's heart-wrenching Facebook post has been shared almost 3,500 timesPictured: Mother Jayne Reat died on Christmas Day saving her daughter's life in a knife attack Pictured: Mother Jayne Reat died on Christmas Day saving her daughter's life in a knife attack 

Miss Reat's heart-wrenching Facebook post has been shared almost 3,500 times

'She was an inspiration': Family friend Jayne Millar took to Facebook to pay tribute to a woman she described as her second mother 'She was an inspiration': Family friend Jayne Millar took to Facebook to pay tribute to a woman she described as her second mother 

'She was an inspiration': Family friend Jayne Millar took to Facebook to pay tribute to a woman she described as her second mother

'Brutal': Another woman paying tribute said her thoughts went to Charlotte who was left without a mother following the attack 'Brutal': Another woman paying tribute said her thoughts went to Charlotte who was left without a mother following the attack 

'Brutal': Another woman paying tribute said her thoughts went to Charlotte who was left without a mother following the attack

'Heartbreaking': Chloe McCullagh described Jayne as an amazing woman who always looked after her 'Heartbreaking': Chloe McCullagh described Jayne as an amazing woman who always looked after her 

'Heartbreaking': Chloe McCullagh described Jayne as an amazing woman who always looked after her

PSNI officers were investigating teh crime scene following the murder on Christmas DayPSNI officers were investigating teh crime scene following the murder on Christmas Day

PSNI officers were investigating teh crime scene following the murder on Christmas Day

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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms

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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.

The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.

All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.

It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.

British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.

The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.

The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.

It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.

“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.

“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”

The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.

It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.

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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

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Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.

The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.

Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection

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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.

Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.

The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”

“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.

“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”

Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.

For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.

Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.

A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.

Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane

Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane

At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.

When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.

Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.

While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.

But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.

And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.

And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.

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