Sunday 24 September 2017

Five teenagers arrested in Christopher Meli murder probe

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.

David Young

Five more teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a young father in Belfast.

Christopher Meli, 20, was beaten to death on a pathway in the Twinbrook area of west Belfast at the weekend.

Detectives believe up to 20 people were involved in a number of violent incidents that ended with the father-of-one's murder on grassland known as Doc's Lane in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Three male teenagers - two aged 18 and one 16 - were remanded in custody at Lisburn Magistrates' Court on Tuesday charged with the murder.

On Tuesday night police arrested five more teenagers - three female and two male - for questioning over the killing.

Two other males detained on Sunday - aged 18 and 17 - were released on police bail on Tuesday.

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

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