15/09/2006

Two released in Bangor murder probe

Two men arrested in connection with the murder of a man in County Down last month, have been released without charge.

The men were arrested yesterday by detectives investigating the murder of 36-year-old Mark Christie who died after being seriously assaulted in Bangor.

Mr Christie's body was found in Owenroe Drive, near Woburn Muse in the Kilcooley estate shortly after on 11pm on August 22.

It has been reported that he was attacked by up to six men who may have been armed with machetes or hatchets.

Mr Christie, from the Whitehill area of Bangor, was given a suspended jail term on charges of assault the week before his death, however police have not confirmed if the murder was linked to this.

A number of people have been arrested in connection with the murder, however have all since been released without charge.

(EF/SP)

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