Man (42) charged in connection with murder of Joanne Lee

Woman’s body was found in a wardrobe in Ranelagh in February

Joanne Ball: found dead in a wardrobe in Ranelagh.

Joanne Ball: found dead in a wardrobe in Ranelagh.

 

A man has been charged in connection with the murder of Joanne Lee, whose body was found in a wardrobe in a Dublin flat last month.

The 42-year-old was set to appear at a special court sitting in Dublin on Sunday morning having been arrested yesterday.

The body of Ms Lee, also known as Joanne Ball, was discovered wrapped in a sleeping bag in a flat in Ranelagh in February. A postmortem found she had been strangled.

In a statement on Saturday, gardaí said the man had been arrested yesterday in Dublin and was being detained at Irishtown Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

Ms Lee's body was found after she was reported missing by her family.

Flowers at the scene at the house on Ranelagh Road, Dublin where the body of Joanne Ball was discovered in a wardrobe. Photograph: Collins
Flowers at the scene at the house on Ranelagh Road, Dublin where the body of Joanne Lee was discovered in a wardrobe. Photograph: Collins

At her funeral in February, Fr John Conlon told the grieving parents of the 38-year-old. that they were living a nightmare. “I am sure that in the last few days you were praying that you would wake and realise that it is just a terrible dream. But unfortunately it is not. It is a reality and you are left to bear this terrible grief, this terrible loss this terrible pain.”

He told the congregation at St Cianan’s Church near Duleek, Co Meath that it was wrong that they had to be gathered there on Saturday morning for the funeral of Ms Lee.

Ms Lee was survived by her parents Dermot and Catherine and her siblings Jillian, Dermot, Jennifer and Gerard.