Bookmark and Share
23/01/2018

Mark Ponisi Murder: Two People Charged

Two people have been charged in connection with the murder of a man in east Belfast.

The body of Mark Ponisi was discovered in a property in the London road area at around 10am on Saturday, 20 January.

A 25-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman are to appear before Belfast Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, 23 January.

Police are also appealing to speak to a taxi driver who may have vital information.
News Image
Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery said: "We believe this taxi driver may have information that could prove vital to our investigation and would appeal directly to him to contact the investigation team at Musgrave Street by calling 101 and asking for extension 17712."

(CD/MH)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

21 February 2018
Other News In Brief
Three People Convicted Of Benefit Fraud Three women have been convicted for claiming benefits they were not entitled to at Belfast Magistrates' Court. Ann O'Neill claimed Housing Benefit totalling £9,391 while failing to declare she was living with a non-dependent. She was given a four month sentence suspended for two years.
23 February 2018
Two People Escape Injury After House Attacked With Petrol Bombs In Co Antrim
Two people have escaped injury following a petrol bomb attack on a house in Ballymena, Co Antrim. The attack happened in the Railway street area just after midnight on Friday, 23 February. Two petrol bombs were thrown at the property as well as two bricks.
23 February 2018
Second Man Arrested Over Murder Of Raymond Johnston
A 57-year-old man has been arrested under the Terrorism Act by police investigating the murder of Raymond Johnston. Mr Johnston, aged 28, was fatally shot in front of his partner and child in the Glenbawn Avenue area of Poleglass last Tuesday, 13 February. The suspect is currently being questioned at Musgrave Serious Crime Suite.
22 February 2018
Investigation Launched Following Fire At Former Belfast Telegraph Building
An investigation has launched following a blaze at the former Belfast Telegraph building on Royal Avenue. The fire broke out on the first floor at around 3.30am on Thursday, 22 February. Emergency services attended the scene and eight fire crews were used to put out the blaze.
23 June 2015
Police Appeal Following Attempted Hijacking In Newtownabbey
Police are appealing for information following an attempted hijacking in Newtownabbey on Sunday. The incident occurred in Moreland Avenue at around 1.45am. A taxi driver stopped to ask two men if they had ordered a taxi and while he was talking to them one of the men tried to open the car door which was locked.
21 February 2018
Easyjet Announces Flights From Belfast To Venice
Airline Easyjet has announced a new route from Belfast to Venice. Flights from Belfast International Airport will begin on 22 June. The service will operate twice a week and fares start at just over £27. The airline will also begin flying to Valenica in Spain in June this year.
15 August 2006
New laws to improve NI taxis
The Environment Minister David Cairns has today announced a consultation on new laws to regulate taxis in Northern Ireland.
06 April 2011
Easyjet Takes Off For Manchester
Budget carrier easyJet will launch new flights from Belfast International Airport to Manchester this autumn. From 30 October, the airline's new flights will take off twice-daily will depart out of Belfast on Monday to Friday at 7.10am and 8.25pm, Saturday at 8.15am and 7.30pm and Sunday at 7.40am and 7.15pm.
18 April 2005
Christian taxi firm forced to close
Ulster Unionist West Belfast councillor Chris McGimpsey has said he is “absolutely appalled” at the forced closure of the Christian taxi firm, Liberty. The Shankill Road firm, which was run by Pastor Jack McKee, was forced to close over the weekend following attacks on both the business and Pastor McKee’s home last week.
27 February 2003
Arson attack on Belfast taxi firm
Police are investigating a possible arson attack at the depot of a Belfast taxi firm. The fire, which was discovered last night, seriously damaged a portable building belonging to Value Cabs at the firm's Glengall Street office. It is understood that investigators are examining video footage from a hidden security camera at the scene.
28 October 2014
New Test For Taxi Drivers Introduced
A test for new taxi drivers is to be introduced later this week, it has been announced. From 31 October, new taxi drivers will be required to pass a Taxi Driver Theory and Practical Driving Test, the DOE has said. The test will affect new entrants to the industry.
19 June 2014
New Taxi Regulations Outlined
From January next year, taxi customers will be able to hail all cabs, black or otherwise, in the street, rather than having to secure a booking beforehand. The news comes as Environment Minister Mark H Durkan outlines the timescales for new legislation affecting taxis to be brought in.
28 January 2013
Church In County Fermanagh Vandalised
A Protestant church has been sprayed with graffiti in County Fermanagh. St Patrick's Church Of Ireland was vandalised between 12pm on Sunday 20th January and 3pm on 24th January. Graffiti was sprayed on the walls and doors, according to the police. They are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.
26 January 2010
Haiti Fund Gets Musical Boost
As events in Haiti turn from devastating tragedy to worse, Northern Ireland musicians are pulling together to organise a mammoth fund-raising event on Sunday January 31st.
21 July 2004
DoE issue illegal taxi warning
The DoE has issued a warning against anyone trying to pass themselves off as a licensed taxi driver without the necessary paper work following a similar case yesterday when a Belfast man was fined a total of £1,500 and received a two-year driving ban for offences relating to operating an illegal taxi.