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Eamonn Magee Jnr killing: Van rammed into barbers where Irish boxer murder accused worked

Published 15/06/2015 | 08:34

Father and son at a boxing tournament.
Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Father and son at a boxing tournament. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

A barbers where the man accused of killing Eamonn Magee Jnr once worked has been attacked overnight.

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Shortly before 3am on Sunday a blue van was rammed into the front of Mo's Turkish Barbers in Dunmurry.

Orhan Koca, 32, who has been charged with the murder of Magee Jnr, worked at the shop for a time.

The owner of the barber's, Mehmet Oner, has denied having anything whatsoever to do with the events surrounding Magee Jnr's death.

Heartbroken former WBU champion Eamonn Magee carries the coffin of his son Eamonn Jnr at his funeral in Belfast
Heartbroken former WBU champion Eamonn Magee carries the coffin of his son Eamonn Jnr at his funeral in Belfast

Eamonn Magee Jnr, 22, was stabbed to death on May 30 as he left his home in the Twinbrook area of west Belfast to check on a pizza delivery.

Koca, who is originally from Turkey, denies murdering Magee Jnr, the son of former world welterweight boxing champion, Eamonn Magee.

Eamon Magee Jnr
Eamon Magee Jnr

The attack on the barber's come after a bar where Koca had also worked was targeted in an arson attack.

In the early hours of Saturday, petrol was poured around the outside of Beckett's Bar on the Stewartstown Road in west Belfast.

The fire was extinguished before any major damage occurred.

Police have said they are conducting "robust" investigations into both attacks.

SDLP councillor Brian Heading condemned the attacks.

"Those responsible for this senseless hate crime do not speak for the people of Mount Eagles and their actions are in no way justifiable," he said.

"Everyone has the right to live and work free of intimidation and the threat of attack. The recent trend of attacks in the area is deplorable and I urge those involved to stop what they are doing immediately.

"Attacks of this nature do little to honour the memory and boxing achievements of Eamon Magee Jnr. Regardless of motivation, these incidents must stop before someone is seriously injured as a result of what can only be described as reckless behaviour."

Councillor Heading added:"I would urge anyone with information regarding this hate crime to contact the PSNI immediately."

Belfast Telegraph

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