Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 31 January 2015

Robert McCartney murder probe - police detain man in Belfast

Robert McCartney with girlfriend Bridgeen Hagans
Robert McCartney with girlfriend Bridgeen Hagans
Magennis's Bar
Flowers with a note from the two yong sons, Connolly and Branden, of Belfast murder victim Robert McCartney, at the scene of their father's murder Sunday April 17, 2005 at the alleyway in Belfast city centre
Robert McCartney sisters from left, Catherine, Donna, Paula, Claire and Gemma with his partner Bridgeen Hagans (seated centre) speaking to the Press Association in Belfast
Family picture of Robert McCartney.
Bendan Devine (right) with his friend Robert McCartney who is holding Brendan's son Brendan O`g.
The funeral of Robert McCartney

A 53-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Robert McCartney seven years ago.

The suspect was detained by detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) serious crime branch this morning.

A PSNI spokesman said the man had been taken to the Antrim serious crime suite for further questioning.

Mr McCartney, 33, a father of two from the Short Strand area of Belfast, was beaten and stabbed after a row at a bar close to the city centre in January 2005.

He died later in hospital.

His sisters, who have accused republicans of covering up the killing and intimidating witnesses, launched a campaign for justice which took them to the White House.

To date no-one has been convicted.

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