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Young mum stabbed to death pictured as family reveal ‘nightmare before Christmas’

  • Published: 20:02, 15 Dec 2022
  • Updated: 20:03, 15 Dec 2022


THE sister of assault victim Sharon Crean has branded her killing ‘a nightmare before Christmas’.

She added: “I don’t know how we’re going to get over it.”

Sharon Crean was was discovered with serious injuries at an apartment in Mountmellick, Co Laois
Sharon Crean was was discovered with serious injuries at an apartment in Mountmellick, Co Laois
Gardai believed Sharon was stabbed
Gardai believed Sharon was stabbed

Gardai believe tragic Sharon – the mum of two-year-old boy Lorcan – was stabbed.

The young woman, aged in her 30s, was discovered with serious injuries at approximately 4.45pm on Wednesday at an apartment at College Avenue in Mountmellick, Co Laois.

Speaking to the Irish Sun, sister Tara Cullen told us: “We are going to miss her so much.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do without her. We’re all going to miss her and I don’t know how we’re going to get over it.

“It is a nightmare, it really is, the week before Christmas.”

Sharon, who had lived in Mountmellick for some time but is understood to have been originally from Portlaoise, was later pronounced dead at the scene.

The Office of the State Pathologist have been notified and a post-mortem examination was being carried out today.

Cops believe Sharon died in violent circumstances, with the Garda Technical Bureau remaining at the scene at College Avenue in Mountmellick today.

A man in his 30s was later arrested and is being quizzed at Portlaoise Garda Station.

As the garda probe continued, Sharon’s devastated family and friends told of their shock at little Lorcan losing his beloved mam just a week before Christmas.

Sister Elaine Crean said: “Rip sis you’re gonna be missed.

“I can’t put in words what we’re going through.

“One thing’s for sure, we’re gonna get you justice, I promise you that.

“We had our arguments but no matter what you were my big sister and I loved you so much.

“Fly high Sharon, till we meet again you’re up with Terry and daddy now with our angels.”

Family members admitted their hearts were “shattered”.

It is understood Sharon had recently lost another baby.

Sister Kim said: “Rip Sharon my beautiful sister. I am going to miss you so much. You were everything to me, was only talking to you this morning (weds).

“My heart is broke, can’t believe it, you are with your baby and daddy now xxxxxxxxxx.”

Pals told how Sharon was regularly spotted out with son Lorcan in Mountmellick, including in the run-up to her death.

Cops urged anyone with information to come forward.

A garda spokesperson said: “Gardaí are investigating all the circumstances of a suspected fatal assault on a woman that occurred on the afternoon of Wednesday, 14th December 2022, in County Laois.

“Gardaí are appealing to anyone who has any information that can assist with this investigation to contact Portlaoise Garda Station on 057 8674100, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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