Man charged with two Co Down murders

Thursday 22 August 2013 23.55
Leslie Ross was arrested in Dromore, Co Down earlier this week
Leslie Ross was arrested in Dromore, Co Down earlier this week

A 66-year-old man has been charged with the murders of two former partners in Northern Ireland.

Leslie Ross, a stonemason, from Dromore, Co Down, is due to appear in court in Armagh tomorrow.

He is accused of the murders of Michelle Bickerstaff, 47, and Margaret Weise, 50.

Mr Ross has been in custody since Tuesday when he was arrested at his home, where police removed a number of items.

Mrs Weise died in August 2007. Mrs Bickerstaff died in April last year.

It is thought Mr Ross had a relationship with each of them.

He was questioned before by police and then released without charge.

As part of the new inquiry, he was also interviewed about other offences, apparently involving other unidentified women.

The PSNI said Mr Ross is also due to face other serious offences, but there were no details.

He was also questioned about the suspicious death of mother-of-one Lily McKee, 52, who died in December 2002. She also lived in Dromore.

Police said a file on that investigation would be submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions.