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Body-in-boot murder: Man (26) to appear in court after 'frenzied' knife killing

By Deborah McAleese

Published 14/04/2015

Kyle Neill whose body was found in the boot of a car in south Belfast on Sunday
Kyle Neill whose body was found in the boot of a car in south Belfast on Sunday
Detective Chief Inspector John McVea
Forensics officers remove a car from Mill Road in Comber during the investigation into the murder of Kyle Neill whose body was found in the boot of a car in south Belfast on Sunday

A 26-year-old man has been charged with the murder of young father Kyle Neil who was stabbed to death in a "frenzied" knife attack.

His body was then dumped in the boot of a car which was discovered in Belfast on Sunday morning. He had been at a party at an apartment in Comber on Saturday night.

The suspect is due to appear before Ards Magistrates Court today.

Meanwhile, a woman aged 25 remains in custody assisting police with their inquiries.

The day before the party, Mr Neil had said that he had recently been beaten up and then knocked down by a car and that he was waiting for something else to happen.

He had posted photographs on his Facebook page of injuries he had sustained after being hit over the head with a baseball bat on Easter Monday. It is understood he was attacked by a homeowner who believed he was trying to enter his property.

Mr Neil said that two days later he was knocked down on Bangor High Street by a car travelling at 30mph.

"Can't move a muscle and in more pain than ever... wonder what's going happen next", he wrote. He then added: "(Waiting) on the 3rd thing coming."

Detectives investigating Mr Neil's murder are trying to trace his movements on Saturday. According to his Facebook page he was looking for a lift to Comber shortly after 3pm on Saturday.

At around 5.30pm his Facebook profile suggested he may have been on a bus. "Travelling about 40 miles on buses is crap," he wrote.

The last update on his Facebook page was at 10.34pm on Saturday night when he posted a photograph of a bowl of punch.

Police believe he was murdered after the party at Church Gate apartments on Mill Street in Comber.

His body was then placed in boot of a blue Ford Fiesta before being driven to Island Hill car park on the shore of Strangford Lough and then on to Windsor Road in Belfast where it was discovered at around 7.30am on Sunday.

The officer leading the murder investigation, Detective Chief Inspector John McVea, said officers were following a number of definite lines of inquiry and ruled out paramilitary activity.

"I am appealing for information about Mr Neil's movements on Saturday and the movements of the blue Ford Fiesta car in which his body was found. I want to hear from anyone who saw Mr Neil, who was from north Belfast, at any time on Saturday during the day or that evening when he was in Comber," the detective said.

He added that he would like to speak to anyone who saw the blue Ford Fiesta car, registration HJZ 2135, between 2am and 7am on Sunday.

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Kyle Neil (23) was stabbed to death following a party in Comber at the weekend. His body was dumped in the boot of a blue Ford Fiesta car, registration HJZ 2135, which was driven to Belfast and found on Windsor Road in south Belfast on Sunday morning. Anyone with information can contact police on 101.

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