Monday 22 January 2018

Police name man who died in Portrush nighspot

David Young and Sarah Stack

A reveller who died in a Portrush nighspot has been named as Colin McLeister.

The father-of-three was pronounced dead inside the Playhouse entertainment complex on Main Street in the early hours of the morning.

The 48-year-old is believed to have fallen down a flight of stairs in the building shortly before 1am.

Police are investigating claims he may have been involved in an altercation at the time.

They have appealed for anyone on the first floor of the nightclub who saw the victim before he fell down the stairs to come forward.

A 34-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident but police stressed that they are still trying to establish exactly what happened.

"There was some sort of altercation before, during or after the fall and whether it was a contributing factor or connected with his death we are not sure," said a source.

"That's something we are trying to piece together.

"There were a lot of people in there drinking in the premises. We want to get witnesses who saw anything they believe may be connected to it to come forward."

A post mortem examination on Mr McLeister's remains will take place tomorrrow.

It is understood he owned a furniture shop in his home town.

Local representatives have also appealed to revellers to make statements to investigators.

Independent Cllr David McClarty said: "It's so unfortunate that there's going to be an empty seat at somebody's table this Christmas.

"It's very sad and must have been upsetting for those in his company, his family, and those who witnessed it.

"I would appeal to anybody there to give whatever information they have to the police.

John Dallat, SDLP MLA, said it was such a tragic death to happen at Christmas.

He said: "I appeal to people to co-operate.

"The sympathies of the entire community goes out to his family."

Elsewhere a man was assaulted and his car damaged when he was attacked by a group of up to 12 teenagers in north Belfast.

The PSNI said that shortly after 9.30pm last night, the 51-year-old man was driving in the Fortwilliam Park area when he was punched in the back and a number of windows in his vehicle were smashed.

Police in York Road Police Station are investigating.

Press Association

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