Man, 25, remanded in custody over murders of Sheffield mother and daughter

Police at the property on Ironside Road, Gleadless Valley.

Police at the property on Ironside Road, Gleadless Valley.

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A 25-YEAR-OLD man was remanded in custody when he appeared in court this morning charged with the murders of 42-year-old Tracy Donnelly and her daughter Louise, 23.

Rekawt Mahmood Salih, of Callow Mount, Gleadless Valley, was charged early this morning and appeared at Sheffield Magistrates Court today.

His next appearance will be at Sheffield Crown Court next week.

Louise, aged 23, and her mum Tracy, 42, died from multiple stab wounds.

Their bodies were found at a property in Ironside Road, Gleadless Valley, on Tuesday.

Today police said post mortem examinations had revealed both women died from multiple stab wounds.

Louise’s grandmother - Tracy’s mother Maureen Donnelly - said: “I have lost my daughter and granddaughter and I need to concentrate on my grandsons. They are my main priority.”

Detectives said Louise Donnelly was not - nor had recently been - pregnant.

But the part-time waitress had told her employer and regulars at The New Inn pub where she worked that she was expecting a baby in September.

Terry Rayner, 69, who with his wife Janet is a regular at the pub on Hemsworth Road, told The Star: “We were telling her that we were looking forward to having grandchildren as my son has just got married and she told me herself she was pregnant.

“We asked when the baby was due and she said September. She said she was going for a scan in a couple of weeks’ time.”

Mr Rayner, of Carfield Road, Meersbrook, who visits the pub every week, added: “I am just speechless really. We knew her from going in the pub on Sundays and sometimes in the week, and she would stop and have a little chat. She was a lovely girl.”

Pub landlady Jacqueline Woonton, 50, said Louise had started buying baby things and couldn’t stop telling everyone she was pregnant.

She said Louise said she found out she was pregnant in January, and was coming up for her first scan. “She was excited,” she said.

“She would have made a fantastic mum.”

Louise’s half-brother Daniel, aged four, is believed to have been inside the house when his sister and mother died.

Floral tributes have been laid at the scene.

Anyone with any information should ring South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2020.

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