21/01/2022

Murder Investigation Following Death Of Fionntán McGarvey

A murder investigation has been launched following the death of 18-year-old Fionntán McGarvey, who has died in hospital following an incident outside licensed premises in the Finaghy Road North area of Belfast in the early hours of Monday 27 December.

A 21-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of murder shortly after Mr McGarvey's death in hospital and is currently being questioned.

Detective Chief Inspector Raymond Phelan said: "We believe that Fionntán was assaulted outside licensed premises around 1am on Monday 27 December. Police attended and Fionntán was brought to hospital for treatment to his injuries. Tragically, despite treatment, he died this morning.
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"I know there was a large number of people in the area at the time and I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the assault, or have any information to come forward. I am also appealing to anyone with mobile phone or dash-cam footage that could help with enquiries to contact police on 101 quoting reference 184 of 27/12/21.

"Any footage can be uploaded onto the Major Incident Public Portal.

"A report can also be submitted online using the non-emergency reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org/."

Mr McGarvey's family said that they are "devastated" by their son's loss, but took "comfort that his wish to donate his organs will provide other families with hope at our time of deep loss".

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