Thursday 29 September 2016

Detectives revisit scene of Christopher Meli (20) killing

Detectives believe up to 20 people may have been involved in the killing

Published 20/12/2015 | 16:34

Murder victim: Christopher Meli was killed as he walked through the Twinbrook estate in west Belfast on Friday night.
Murder victim: Christopher Meli was killed as he walked through the Twinbrook estate in west Belfast on Friday night.

Police today returned to scene of the murder of Christopher Meli who was beaten to death in west Belfast last weekend.

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The 20-year-old father-of-one, known to his friends as "Crickey", was found dead on a pathway near Glasvey Close in the Twinbrook area of the city in the early hours of December 12.

On Tuesday three teenage males, two aged 18 and one aged 16, were remanded at Lisburn Magistrates' Court charged with Mr Meli's murder.

Two girls aged 16 and 17 and a boy aged 17 have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Two others were released on Thursday morning.

Two males aged 18 and 17, who were detained last Sunday, were also released on police bail earlier this week.

Police believe up to 20 people may have been involved in Mr Meli's killing.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Campbell, who is leading the investigation, said Christopher Meli was subjected to a sustained and vicious assault, resulting in fatal injuries.

His death had caused devastation to his family and shocked the wider community.

He appealed for any witnesses in the area of Glasvey Close/Docs Path, in the early hours of Saturday, December 12, to contact detectives.

“Whilst a number of persons have presented themselves to police, and have been interviewed about their involvement in the murder of Christopher Meli, there are others who have not yet taken this course of action and I would urge you to make contact with police," he said.

“Detectives and uniformed officers will be in the Stewartstown Road, Glasvey Close and Glasvey Drive areas between 2pm and 3pm today.  We will be seeking to speak to pedestrians and motorists and to distribute appeal leaflets."

He added: “If you have any information, please speak to police today.  Alternatively contact the detectives by calling the 101 non-emergency number, or contacting the Crimetsoppers charity anonymously 0800 555 111.”

Hundreds of people supported Mr Meli's family during a candlelit vigil in Belfast's Springfield Road last Monday evening.

Mr Meli will be buried in the City Cemetery following a funeral mass at the Church of the Annunciation tomorrow.

Belfast Telegraph

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