Saturday 20 January 2018

Student (19) who died after night out may have suffered a tragic accident, not an attack

Caolan Page, who died of head injuries in Derry city, Co
Derry, on Saturday
Caolan Page, who died of head injuries in Derry city, Co Derry, on Saturday

Mark Hilliard and reporters

POLICE now believe that the young student who died outside a pub in Derry may have lost his life as a result of an accident.

Earlier reports suggested that Caolan Page (19) from Donegal, may have been the victim of a vicious assault as he went to get a taxi.

He was found with serious head injuries on Magazine Street in Derry.

The student, from Upper Kildrum, Carrigans in Co Donegal, was discovered at about 2am on Sunday morning. He later died at Altnagelvin Hospital.

Police have so far declined to comment on the nature of the injuries.

A post mortem was taking place on his body this afternoon.

Police today indicated that he may have died in a tragic accident as opposed to an attack.

Local sources said that Mr Page had left a pub in the area with a friend to hail a taxi.

The friend returned inside for a moment and when he came back out he found Mr Page on the ground with serious head injuries.

Originally from Derry, Mr Page has been described as a popular young student who "kept himself to himself" and who had been living with his stepfather in Donegal.

He had been repeating A Level exams at school with the intention of studying veterinary medicine.

He was kept on a life-support machine in hospital to preserve his organs for donation.

"The community is devastated in relation to the loss of a young fellow of such a young age," said local councillor Paul Canning.

"It's very vague what happened. Some people are saying it's robbery but it doesn't add up because it's a very built up area.

"If you are going to rob someone you don't do it in the middle of the city."


There have also been suggestions that the young man was missing money and a mobile phone but this remains as yet unconfirmed.

Sinn Fein TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn described the death as an "awful tragedy for the family".

"Where he lives is just over the border from Derry; it would be seen as a suburb of the city," he said.

"They (his family) are obviously looking for answers, his body was badly beaten.

"It's crucial that anyone with any information come forward."

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has appealed for any witnesses or anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the area to contact them.

Irish Independent

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